CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio cresphontes)
When disturbed, extends orange-red osmeteria from behind head and emits sour unpleasant odor. To avoid predation, it mimics the look of bird poop.
Larval hosts are in the citrus family. Florida Native Plants include WILD LIME (Zanthoxylum fagara), Hercules club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) and hop tree (Ptelea trifoliata).
Shown on FLorida Native Plant WILD LIME (Zanthoxylum fagara)