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Papilio cresphontes

Description:

These little guys were working hard on defoliating one of my baby satsumas. I didn't want the plant or the caterpillars to die...so 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!

Notes:

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

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5 Comments

annorion
annorion 8 years ago

They finally started emerging!! http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/123...

LuisStevens
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
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
LuisStevens 8 years ago

They look like bird droppings

LuisStevens
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

annorion
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annorion

Louisiana, USA

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

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