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ambrax swallowtail caterpillar

Papilio ambrax

Description:

A caterpillar on a lime sapling.

Habitat:

Spotted on a lime sapling in a large semi-urban yard/garden adjacent to a disturbed patch of remnant forest.

Notes:

Identified with expert advice, see comments. See a spotting of another caterpillar on the same plant from the previous day at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/725...

1 species ID suggestions

Ambrax Swallowtail
Papilio ambrax Papilio ambrax

7 Comments

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 2 years ago

Can't say for sure, Scott, but probably not. I'd keep Papilio demoleus for that smaller caterpillar since it's your most common swallowtail.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

Hi EarlyStages/Kieth. Would you also say that the page I have linked to this spotting, namely http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/725... is also Papilio ambrax? Thanks

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

Great, will do!

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 2 years ago

Dear Mr. Frazier,

Greetings from a lepidopterist who studies the immature stages and hostplant utilization of butterflies in order to better understand their scientific placement. I am excited to report that this is NOT a Papilio demoleus larva, which in its darkest form does appear similar, but rather something much more unusual. Thus, hoping to accurately identify your caterpillar and also aid my research, please contact me at bflyearlystages@comcast.net. Thanks and best wishes!

Keith Wolfe

misako
misako 2 years ago

Wow--amazing growth!

Pulkit.Singal
Pulkit.Singal 2 years ago

wow ! amazing !

textless
textless 2 years ago

Beautiful!

Indonesia

Lat: -2.56, Long: 140.50

Spotted on Sep 14, 2011
Submitted on Sep 14, 2011

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