Location: Brisbane, Australia
February 8, 2012 8:04 pm
There are a couple of these guys eating my kaffir lime tree – what sort of caterpillar is he? What sort of butterfly would he become???
Your caterpillar is that of the Orchard Swallowtail, Papilio aegeus, a common species in Australia. The adult Orchard Swallowtail is a lovely butterfly, though lacking namesake tails on the wings found in so many members of the genus. The Caterpillars feed on the leaves of citrus. The Brisbane Insect website has nice images of the entire life cycle of the Orchard Swallowtail.
Thanks! one of the is already pupa-ing up. Can’t wait to see them as butterflies 🙂
Please send photos of the chrysalis and butterfly if possible.