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Citrus eating caterpillars

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I thought it was bird poop on the leaves, then I realized it would have take a whole lot of to  make this much poop.

Then I noticed the chewed leaves. The bird poop was caterpillars. I picked them off, took pictures, then fed them to my chickens.

After looking at the pics and looking them up online, they are giant Swallowtail Butterflies in caterpillar stage.

Now I feel guilty because I really like butterflies.

They didn't appear to have antenna until I poked one, then it unfurled a pretty impressive orangy set and it kind of puffed up.

The last pic is from the internet and it says it is a "mature caterpillar". I thought a "mature caterpillar" was a butterfly.

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I probably would of squished them too!

And like you  then felt bad knowing how beautiful they look as a butterfly.fpalm.gif

They are one ugly caterpillar.solopuke.gif

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21' X 48' High Tunnel

Knox, NY

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I leave them be. they don't strip a tree the way the southern army caterpillar or tomato hornworm can.  I also grow passion flower vine and dutchman's pipe vine just for the catepillars/butterflys.

One cool March morning the wife and I found this swallowtail that had probably just came out of the cocoon. it stayed dormant for 30 minutes then flew off.

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They are BEAUTIFUL as a Butterfly

 


21' X 48' High Tunnel

Knox, NY

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I found a bunch of these on our lemon tree this spring. I think they look like a snakes head. I dispatched them.

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Yep i used to pass my satsuma tree and see all this "bird shit" on the leaves, then a couple of weeks later, no more leaves. Didnt take me too long to figure out what that was. Funny the ones I planted in the pasture have not had them as often as the one planted in the back closer to sparse trees.

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