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Golden Birdwing

Troides rhadamantus

Description:

"Gelatin-like" caterpillars

Habitat:

urban garden

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18 Comments

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Thanks Diane!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

Beautiful larvae. This looks to be closely related to our Pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor. The orange thing protruding from his head is the osmeterium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmeterium

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Thanks Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

Wonderful!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Muchas gracias MayraSpringmann :-)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fantástico, Noel!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Thanks again EarlyStages!

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 8 years ago

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...

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

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 :-)

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 8 years ago

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?

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Thanks NuwanChathuranga!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

great spotting !!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

I agree. Thanks JshuaAsel!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

they look like carefully detailed gelatin carvings :p nice shot!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Thanks Atul!

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

lovely!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Thanks KarenL!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Awesome spot Noel!

Noel Buensuceso
Spotted by
Noel Buensuceso

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 14, 2012
Submitted on Jul 14, 2012

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