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The caterpillar of the Orchard or Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly. “Although this caterpillar is a pest on suburban lemon trees it is one of the most interesting caterpillars in Australia. Both its structure and its behaviour have evolved to an extraordinary degree to give it protective mechanisms against predators. It also grows into one of the largest butterflies to grace suburban gardens.”

Further reference available at http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/papi/aegeus.html

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison Evans.

Papilio aegeus Caterpillar

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