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Orchard Swallowtail, Large Citrus Butterfly at Bega, NSW

Papilio aegeus at Bega, NSW - 4 Apr 2020
Papilio aegeus at Bega, NSW - 4 Apr 2020
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Unidentified 4 Apr 2020 bensmythology

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Found a few of these on my lemon tree. Started as the very small black and white colouring before turning green when a lot larger. A swallowtail I think?

2 comments

   5 Apr 2020
Hi Ben, Correct, Orchard Swallowtail. As you point out, the younger larvae are more cryptic, looking rather like a bird dropping, then they get more obviously caterpillars as they get larger, though with those smears of white, there's still a hint of the bird dropping disguise there. They must do a lot better since Europeans arrived with our exotic citrus trees. They're quite a common sight in towns, flapping leisurely along.
   6 Apr 2020
Thanks Jackie. Lovely. Looking forward to watching these develop further and emerge from their chrysalis in coming weeks. Taking a daily image I hope to convert into a timelapse-type video

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 4 Apr 2020 11:33 AM Recorded on
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