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Papilio aegeus

Orchard Swallowtail, Large Citrus Butterfly at South Durras, NSW

Papilio aegeus at South Durras, NSW - 11 May 2019
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Identification history

Papilio aegeus 21 May 2019 CharlesDove
Unidentified 12 May 2019 joslynvdm@gmail.com
Unidentified 12 May 2019 joslynvdm@gmail.com

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User's notes

Green caterpillars 4cms eating Tahitian lime leaves off tree.

3 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   13 May 2019
Papilio aegeus.
ClydeRiver wrote:
   13 May 2019
Yes, Papilio aegeus, the orchard swallowtail butterfly or large citrus butterfly. I have these too ... they start out looking like bird poo and will do a good deal more munching through your citrus leaves before they transform themselves into a beautiful butterfly!!
plants wrote:
   21 May 2019
Earlier stages are black and white and look like bird droppings, offering a disguise against being eaten.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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