Papilio xuthus (Asian Swallowtail), caterpillar

Papilio xuthus (Asian Swallowtail), caterpillar

Observation - Papilio xuthus (Asian Swallowtail), caterpillar - Global. Description: Very large green caterpillar with distinctive white and black markings. Found feeding on citrus trees. Early instars mimic bird droppings and stay in the middle of the leaf. They can extrude orange horns from above it's head which it wipes on predators

Very large green caterpillar with distinctive white and black markings. Found feeding on citrus trees. Early instars mimic bird droppings and stay in the middle of the leaf. They can extrude orange horns from above it's head which it wipes on predators. Presumable irritating or offensive chemicals are emitted. Adult butterfly is large, with yellow wings and black vein markings.