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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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10 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Thank you fini1... Yes, it is the caterpillar stage of Common Mormon butterfly.

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Thank you skopeion....

skopeion
skopeion 7 years ago

Thks! Very fun

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Thank you Yasser

Yasser
Yasser 7 years ago

Incredible shots of a very fascinating caterpillar!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Thanks vivianpoma

vivianpoma
vivianpoma 7 years ago

awesome, beautiful photo, wonderful colors!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Thank you AnnvanWijgerden

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 7 years ago

Superb shots! And an amazingly well defended + lovely creature!

sunnyjosef
Spotted by
sunnyjosef

Kochi, Kerala, India

Spotted on Sep 2, 2013
Submitted on Sep 2, 2013

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