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Great Mormon Caterpillar

Papilio memnon agenor


About 2" long. If we touch the front part, the orange thing, osmeterium, that produce bad smell will be slip out. This caterpillar eat orange or lemon leaf.


Indonesia, tropical climate (Rain-forest)


The butterfly..

52 Comments (1–25)

RiekoS 10 years ago

Beautiful series.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Very nice..

Sam10 10 years ago

Such a curious creature!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 10 years ago

Thanks all..

Dragoon 10 years ago

Amazing spotting.

A little known fact is that this species of caterpillar inspired the popular Pokemon known as "Caterpie." I'm sure anyone who has ever seen it will immediately see the similarity.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wow Great spot and series :)

Dixie 10 years ago


Wincent 10 years ago

Beautiful Great Mormon Caterpillar

Wilson W
Wilson W 10 years ago


GonçaloFerreira 10 years ago

Very strange... But beautiful!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 10 years ago


Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

Magnificent! Good shots!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 10 years ago

very very sweet!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 10 years ago

I've just uploaded more photos of this caterpillar.. With the osmeterium!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 11 years ago

Thanks guys

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

really nice spotting - congratulations!

jeffperi 11 years ago


TKBotting 11 years ago

That is cool!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 11 years ago

Fantastic picture, and congrats!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations great find Jason :)

KarenL 11 years ago

Great spot! The Black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars (Papilio polyxenes) exhibit the same behavior.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Great spotting, Jason, congratulations.

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago


LarryGraziano 11 years ago

Congrats on SOTD! Lovely

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Congratulations Jason. Beautiful spotting

Jason Alexander
Spotted by
Jason Alexander

Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Aug 2, 2012
Submitted on Aug 2, 2012

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