Subject: What type of Caterpillar is this?
Location: Seymour, Victoria, Australia
January 18, 2013 7:21 pm
Hi,
I had some caterpillars eating away at my Orange tree leaves, they have since been relocated. Are they dangerous to my orange tree? Are they harmful if you touch them? I noticed when they feel threaten they protrude two orange for a lack of a better word tentacles around the head. I thought they might have been OrangeDog, but they are a different colour.
Signature: Regards, Jason

Dainty Swallowtail Caterpillar

Hi Jason,
We believe we have correctly identified your caterpillar as that of a Dainty Swallowtail,
Papilio anactus, thanks to the Butterfly House website which states:  “These Caterpillars are commonly found on cultivated Citrus.”  Dainty Swallowtail is a much nicer common name than Dingy Swallowtail, which is also used.  We wish you had included a photo of the osmeterium, the forked scent organ that is used when the caterpillar is threatened.

Dainty Swallowtail Caterpillar

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