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Final Instar Great Mormon Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio memnon, Papilionidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Life Stages of the Great Mormon Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio memnon, Papilionidae)

(click on images for descriptions in captions)

In its first four instars, the Great Mormon caterpillars look like bird droppings as they rest on the leaves. The resemblance in the 3rd and 4th instars are stronger with the body also assuming a slimy appearance. As in the case of all Swallowtail butterflies, the Great Mormon caterpillars in all instars possess a fleshy organ called the osmeterium in the prothoracic segment. Usually hidden, the osmeterium can be everted to emit a foul-smelling secretion when the caterpillar is threatened.
The fifth and final instar caterpillar is dramatically different, bearing snake-eye like eyespots as a defensive strategy against potential predators.

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Red Helen (Papilio helenus, Papilionidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Red Helen (Papilio helenus, Papilionidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Punchinello (Zemeros flegyas, Riodinidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Punchinello (Zemeros flegyas, Riodinidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Cerulean (Jamides celeno, Lycaenidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Cerulean (Jamides celeno, Lycaenidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Sergeant Butterfly Caterpillar (Athyma sp., Nymphalidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Sergeant Butterfly Caterpillar (Athyma sp., Nymphalidae)

Sergeant Butterfly Caterpillar (Athyma sp., Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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A Tiger Brown (Orinoma damaris, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae) competes with ants for the sap bubbling from an injured tree


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)

Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tiger Browns (Orinoma damaris, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tiger Browns (Orinoma damaris, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Fivering (Ypthima baldus, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Fivering (Ypthima baldus, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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…..and some moreChinese Caterpillars






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…..and some more

Chinese Caterpillars

Moth Caterpillars

Common Map Butterfly Caterpillar (Cyrestis thyodamas, Nymphalidae)

Rajah Butterfly "Dragonhead" Caterpillar (Charaxes sp., Nymphalidae)

Late Instar Chalcosiine Day-flying Moth Caterpillar (Chalcosiinae, Zygaenidae)

Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Daphnis nerii, Sphingidae)

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