Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio cresphontes)

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).

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=8

My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/awakening-giant-swallowtail.html

Shown on FLorida Native Plant WILD LIME (Zanthoxylum fagara)

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3 comments
  1. Marlene Semple said:

    Now that is probably the weirdest critter photo you’ve posted…

    • Loret said:

      Hi Marlene! Weirdest critter from the weirdest critter posterer???? 😉

      They are very odd looking and they only stick those red things out when they are annoyed, so I guess I wasn’t this fella’s favorite person. Thanks for stopping by.

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