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Beautiful larvae. This looks to be closely related to our Pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor. The orange thing protruding from his head is the osmeteriumhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmeterium
Muchas gracias MayraSpringmann :-)
Thanks again EarlyStages!
Yes, dark larval morph of T. rhadamantus. Here's what your cats will look like when full grown . . .http://www.butterflyworldltd.co.uk/resou.... . . and the light form that is also known for this Filipino species:http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/695...
EarlyStages, thanks for that info. Maybe it's troides rhadamantus. http://www.nagypal.net/ttrhadam.htm Sorry, no full shots of the caterpillars. I appreciate the assist :-)
Noel, Troides helena doesn't fly in the Philippines, nor do larger larvae have pinkish tips to their tubercles – for example http://butterflycircle.blogspot.com/2011.... Do you have any full side shots of the bigger caterpillar on the right?
great spotting !!
I agree. Thanks JshuaAsel!
they look like carefully detailed gelatin carvings :p nice shot!
Awesome spot Noel!
Spotted on Jul 14, 2012 Submitted on Jul 14, 2012
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