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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 7 years ago

Beautiful series.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Very nice..

Sam10 7 years ago

Such a curious creature!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Thanks all..

Dragoon 7 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 7 years ago

Wow Great spot and series :)

Dixie 7 years ago


Wincent 7 years ago

Beautiful Great Mormon Caterpillar

Wilson W
Wilson W 7 years ago


GonçaloFerreira 7 years ago

Very strange... But beautiful!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago


Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 7 years ago

Magnificent! Good shots!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 7 years ago

very very sweet!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

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

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Thanks guys

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

really nice spotting - congratulations!

jeffperi 8 years ago


TKBotting 8 years ago

That is cool!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

Fantastic picture, and congrats!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Congratulations great find Jason :)

KarenL 8 years ago

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

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Great spotting, Jason, congratulations.

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago


LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Congrats on SOTD! Lovely

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 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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