🦋Freshly emerged "Atala Butterfly." See the chrysalis in my previous post. The brightly colored larva or caterpillar feeds on cycads which contain a toxic secondary plant chemical (cycasin) which it retains in its body for life. Birds, lizards, and other animals may attempt to prey on the larva, pupa, and adults, but find them distasteful and learn to avoid these brightly patterned insects. The caterpillars feed on coontie. Atalas are found in Florida, Bahamas & Cuba.