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Yellow Archduke Caterpillar

Lexias canescens caterpillar


Spotted on my regular trek into the jungle by a tropical mountain stream. The trail is home to all sorts of butterflies and moths - so it's not surprising to find caterpillars, tiny and large ones in the bushes. This was by far the biggest & weirdest I've seen. About 4-5 inches long, it's like a space alien mothership. It was not moving - so I was a little unsure if it is a caterpillar at all. Glad we have projectnoah and you guys to help ID 'em! My research has led me to believe that this is an Archduke caterpillar as there are many sightings of Archdukes in the immediate area. And the similarity of the larvae - the 2 white lines running down the length is uncanny.


On leaves. The Yellow Archduke butterfly is relatively common in the nature reserves. Adults are typically sighted on shaded trails and among undergrowth, and are seldom seen in open sunny areas. It is mainly a forest dweller and adults are often seen puddling on damp ground, or feeding on rotting fruits and other organic matter amongst forest litter.


Family: Nymphalidae, Subfamily: Limenitidinae

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43 Comments (1–25)

staccyh 7 years ago

Great photos!! You seem to be finding all the great looking creatures :) thanks for sharing!

cullenb1 8 years ago

i think this is one of the coolest things i will see in my life. I only wish to see it in person

kevogecko 8 years ago

Haha... I have more insects & wildlife to be lD-ed, EarlyStages. Be glad to have you showing me the ropes! I'm like a little boy when it comes to stuff like these. Thanks!

EarlyStages 8 years ago

I hope you never loose that wonderful enthusiasm, Kevin!

kevogecko 8 years ago

Hi EarlyStages,
Thank you so much for putting the comparisons. Love it! Yes, I can see the different - and it's so obvious. Damn, I have a lot to learn. Thank you for pushing me. I love this community! Just saw more yellow archduke butterflies today in the trails. No caterpillars shots today. Thanks, again! Woohoo! This is so cool - like a bunch of nature detectives.

EarlyStages 8 years ago

Thanks for carefully double-checking, Kevin. Yes, it is your choice what to label your photos, so to allow others to better judge the correct identification, here is a side-by-side comparison (based upon my experience rearing Lexias and related genera) . . .
Please feel free to contact me offline for email addresses of Malaysian lepidopterists who can assist you with future spottings of butterfly larvae; oh, and several useful links of hopeful interest:
Congratulations again, Kevin, on an excellent encounter!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Amazing detail and color! Congratulations on Spotting of the Day!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Congratulations Kevo

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Awesome spotting, congratulations kevogecko!

Awesome capture kevogecko,congrats on the SOTD,and thanks for sharing

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD! Of course, this is so fantastic!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Fantastic spot Congratulations :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Congratulations on a great SOTD kevogecko

kevogecko 8 years ago

Thanks, everyone. Earlystages, please click on the reference link. The Adoliadini you suggest is same or close to the Archduke. In fact they share lots of similarities. Therefore, Archduke is the correct ID! Thank you for making me double check.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations !!!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

WOW spectacular!

MicheleMorbidelli 8 years ago

IT' S great...pix+caterpillar!! well done

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago


EarlyStages 8 years ago

Kevin, congratulations on spotting what is undoubtedly the prettiest of the known Adolianina ( caterpillars. Sorry to put the kibosh on your IDs of Gaudy Baron and Archduke.

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Well deserved congrats! Beautiful!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Super Congratulations on Spotting of the Day, Kevo and on all your interest in identifying your caterpillar. Well deserved!

SachindraUmesh 8 years ago

CONGRATS on the SOTD!!! well deserved!! and super wow!!!

kevogecko 8 years ago

Well, thank you for your comments. They've helped me locate what caterpillar this is. Archduke is my final answer as these butterflies are a common sight in the area. Google "Archduke caterpillar" to more photos of 'em. Thank you! I love!

kevogecko 8 years ago

Wow! Thanks, everyone! Still waiting for an ID for this guy. I shall call it "mothership".

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Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Spotted on Mar 25, 2013
Submitted on Mar 27, 2013

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