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Golden Birdwing (dark larval form)

Troides rhadamantus

Description:

The caterpillar is a velvety gray colour and has a white band on a segment on its middle. It has numerous fleshy red-tipped white protuberances on the body. It is bulky and slow in its movements.

Habitat:

Asia.

Notes:

Butterfly Sanctuary Bohol.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Golden Birdwing (dark larval form)
Troides rhadamantus http://www.butterflyworldltd.co.uk/resources/Troides+rhadamantus+larvae.jpg


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6 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

A very beautiful caterpillar....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Wow! amazing :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks LandmarkExpert!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

great photo, marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Hi EarlyStages:
Thanks for also correcting this spotting. As I say I am only an eager spotter but not an expert so any help to ID my spottings is always welcome.
I am not sure about the fate of the caterpillar but I also wondered whether its color did not indicate disease. These are bred in the sanctuary and shown to visitors... I did not like that they handle them so much...
BTW, I have some butterflies pics from the Singapore airport that I will post some time soon. If you can help me on the ID that would be awesome.
Thanks again for your help! :-)

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 7 years ago

See also http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/124.... FYI, Common Rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae) caterpillars look significantly different . . .
http://cl-butterfly.vm.nthu.edu.tw/galle...
. . . what's more, the leading authority on Philippine butterflies records the Common Rose as only occurring in the northernmost Batanes Islands. Marta, this guy appears less than healthy; did it perhaps meet an untimely end?

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Bohol, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 10, 2012
Submitted on Dec 27, 2012

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