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Swallowtail

Papilio machaon

Description:

Swallowtail caterpillar.

Habitat:

Around 600m altitude, on the vegetation on the limestone slopes of the Caras Gorges.

2 Species ID Suggestions

jprat001
jprat001 9 years ago
Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes Eastern Black Wwallowtail Caterpillar | Project Noah
Swallowtail et al.
Papilio machaon Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums: Papilio Machaon


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4 Comments

MihaiER
MihaiER 9 years ago

@ jprat001 and @EarlyStages, thanks for suggestions.
I researched a bit after you guys showed me a direction, and EarlyStages is right papilio machaon is common in Romania, and after I saw the pictures I remembered seeing it many times...
Thank you both.

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 9 years ago

Yes, all caterpillars of the butterfly family Papilionidae – which includes about 550 species of Swallowtails, Birdwings, Mormons and Helens, Jays, Festoons, Apollos, etc. – possess an osmeterium (from the Greek word for "smell").

jprat001
jprat001 9 years ago

good to know haha. it looks very similar, do you know if P. machaon has antenna that poke out when you touch the head of the caterpillar also?

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 9 years ago

Papilio polyxenes is a New World butterfly that you are not likely to find in Romania.

MihaiER
Spotted by
MihaiER

Romania

Spotted on May 20, 2007
Submitted on Jan 28, 2012

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