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Peacock butterfly caterpillars
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These are probably close to pupation but this stage is not completed until they have dispersed away from the nettles, sometimes walking several metres from the nettle bed before settling to pupate, on something like a nearby fence or tree trunk or even suspended from leaves of a neighbouring shrub.
If a dark background is selected for pupation, the chrysalis will become blackish to grey, while a choice of lighter backgrounds gives rise to a yellowish chrysalis colour.
Well spotted Rosa. These are, as you thought, Peacock butterfly caterpillars.
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