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Scarlet Mormon

Papilio deiphobus rumanzovia

Description:

A series of the stages of the Scarlet Swallowtail or Scarlet Mormon butterfly. The caterpillar mimics the head of a small green snake and releases a reddish extension called osmeterium when disturbed or troubled which also mimics the tongue of a snake. The osmeterium also releases a foul smell. The Scarlet Mormon is an endemic species of the Philippines but are sometimes seen as vagrants in neighboring countries.

Habitat:

Lightly wooded terrain on citrus trees but most especially oranges and limes.

Notes:

At first I thought it was a Common Mormon until the butterfly came out :3

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2 Comments

len_niel
len_niel 7 years ago

Thanks. Actually I do think so too, I just assumed its polytes because I've been exposed to the species when I was a child, it's the most familiar to me. But that was a long time ago I could not tell if it is polytes or some other Papilio species. I'm a bit lost hehe. Oh by the way, I still have the pupa and it's progressing well. I've been anticipating. Anyways, I will edit this spotting when the butterfly comes out.

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Nice series! i don't think this caterpillar is Papilio polytes, some other Papilio species.. if you still have the pupa, please see what's coming out!

len_niel
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len_niel

Sorsogon City, Sorsogon, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 22, 2013
Submitted on Sep 3, 2013

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