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Common Mormon catterpillar

Papilio polytes

Description:

This caterpillar closely mimics a snake head up-to the slit in the eyes. The red organ on the head (Osmeterium) is extended when disturbed as a defensive mechanism. It oozes a foul-smelling secretion containing terpenes. This extension also mimics the forked tongue of a snake.

Habitat:

This species prefers lime trees.


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25 Comments (1–25)

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Tanks kaylabroski24... My camera is Nikon d5100 and the lens is 55mm f2.8 manual focus macro.

kaylabroski24
kaylabroski24 6 years ago

nice shot. What kind of camera do you use?

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Bhagya

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

amazing .... nicely captured .....

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thanks bg11a22

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you
Saumya Wanniarachchi

bg11a22
bg11a22 6 years ago

Nice shots

Amazing shot !!!!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you namitha....

namitha
namitha 6 years ago

Spectacular shots!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thanks Nés Vasquez

Caterpie!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you RiekoS

RiekoS
RiekoS 6 years ago

Very nice.

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you gatorfellows and Ingrid3

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Reza Hashemizadeh and LaurenZarate

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 6 years ago

Absolutely fantastic view! Thank you!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 6 years ago

lovely :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Wonderful pictures of an amazing caterpillar.

Beauty !

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thanks suzmonk... Nature really surprises!!!!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you kdpicturemaker

suzmonk
suzmonk 6 years ago

Crazy-good photos, sunnyjosef!

kdpicturemaker
kdpicturemaker 6 years ago

Beautiful sunnyjosef!

sunnyjosef
Spotted by
sunnyjosef

Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Lat: 9.99, Long: 76.29

Spotted on Dec 22, 2013
Submitted on Dec 22, 2013

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