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Common Mime Larva

Papilio Clytia


The larvae and pupa are stated by Mackinnon to resemble closely the larva and pupa of P. agestor'. Messrs. Davidson and Aitken's description of them is as follows: "Not unlike the larva of the Ornithoptera group in form, having similar rows of fleshy processes, but it is by far the handsomest Papilio larva we know, being of a dark umber-brown colour with a bright red spot at the base of each process, a dorsal row of large irregular yellow patches and a partial lateral row ending in a diagonal band which connects the two. Velvet black or dark green. Has carmine spots. Has a dark red-brown longitudinal band and red spots. Two rows of sharp spines on segments 1 to 4 and single row on the others. The Osmeterium is light indigo-blue.


This is a butterfly of hilly regions but also found at lower elevations. It is plentiful in the premonsoon and monsoon period and becomes scarce later on.

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i_munasinghe 2 years ago

Amazing capture!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Wow! awesome :)

mcaul6515 8 years ago

Yeah the pink looks awesome!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

I love the pink.

IndikaJayatissa 8 years ago

Thanks for all :)

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago


mcaul6515 8 years ago

wow! Love the colours

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago


RiekoS 8 years ago

Beautiful shot.

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Galle, දකුණු පළාත, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jan 11, 2013
Submitted on Jan 11, 2013

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