Citrus Swallowtail caterpillars
Check out these away community posts of the Citrus Swallowtail in all its stages
There is lots of Citrus Swallowtail butterfly - Papilio demodocus activity around my lemon trees but very few orange dog catapilars. This is because parasitoidal wasps are laying their eggs in the butterflys eggs. The picture has an egg with a grey spot which shows the tiny wasp as laid its egg. @ArneStander
Papilio Demodocus Swallowtail butterfly pupae In 5days he/she turned into this pupae (pic 1) from an Orange dog caterpillar (pic 2)
The caterpillars of the Citrus Swallowtail (Papilio demodocus) are also known as "Orange dogs", and can be a pest on citrus trees.
Citrus Swallowtails...aren't the caterpillars just as beautiful as the butterflies?! Love watching them grow!
The beautiful Citrus swallowtail butterfly is now very active - searching for nectar in all kinds of flowers and deposting eggs one-by-one on citrus tree growth tips. The larvae hatch as a little black spot and nibble on soft new growth, but as it grows, eats more and more and change to a very well coumouflaged green caterpillar with marks. My kids loved their defense mechanism-try to remove one when you spot them! Best to remove by hand as soon as you notice damage, especially if you have young trees.
citrus swallowtail ♡
A newly emerged Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly greeted us inside the front door when we arrived home from 10 day family reunion in Stellenbosch! Such a lovely welcome! We carried him outside onto the Murraya beside the Lemon tree