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Papilio cresphontes


These little guys were working hard on defoliating one of my baby satsumas. I didn't want the plant or the caterpillars to as a compromise I cut a couple twigs that still had leaves and put them along with with the caterpillars in a plastic container. I'm going to get some clippings from some larger citrus trees to keep them feed and hopefully I'll be able to update with some pics of butterflies!


Before forming a chrysalis they attach to a surface. 24 hours after attachment they form the chrysalis...

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annorion 8 years ago

They finally started emerging!!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Yes, annorion, it looks like a pice of wood. Let´s wait and see what kind of butterfly or moth it becomes.

annorion 8 years ago

Thanks Luis! Indeed they do look like bird droppings! They have great camo. First they look like poo then they look like a piece of woody stem. I updated with a pic of the chrysalis...Monday they attached to a wood board I had in the container and formed chrysalis. I think on a stem they wood blend right in!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

They look like bird droppings

LuisStevens 8 years ago

A long time ago I saw one like this, I'm glad to see them around.
You have a great collection of spottings. Congrats annorion

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Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Jul 21, 2012
Submitted on Jul 21, 2012

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