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A large colourful butterfly from the Papilionidae Family. As its name suggests, its larvae feed on the leaves of citrus trees and this one was raised from a caterpillar we collected from our lemon tree. The caterpillars has two main instars. The first is black and white colouring to disguise it as a bird dropping, and the final is a large green and white colouring with red projections when threatened that emit a foul smell. The Swallow tail is pictured around an hour after emerging and is still strengthening its wings. it flew away safely.
Usually around natural or farm citrus.
Spotted on Nov 11, 2016
Submitted on Nov 11, 2016
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