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Thanks to Ivan Kruys -for ID

Thanks to Ivan  Kruys  -for ID
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-12 5:36
Viewed: 2892
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Ivan Kruys for ID of caterpillar of the Common Lime Swallowtail .
Without the ID i will not be able to find the necessary note about this cute caterpillar.
As it is rainy season here, I could see its presence in my garden.

It is particularly abundant during and after the monsoons. As the butterfly ages, the yellow markings on the wings deepen to orange.

The female Lime butterfly goes hurriedly from plant to plant, laying a single egg at a time on top of a leaf which it holds onto unsteadily with its legs, and flying off as soon as the egg is laid. The egg is round and light yellowish in colour.

Bird dropping stage of lime butterfly caterpillarThe newly hatched caterpillar stays in the middle of the upperside of the leaf. The first few instars of the caterpillar resemble bird droppings and this helps them escape predation while remaining in moderately open places. The caterpillars are yellow-olive greenish with a white spiracular band. There is white marking on the 8th and 9th segments of the caterpillar which resemble a white patch of uric acid deposited in a bird's droppings.

Lime caterpillar in fourth instar As the instars progress, this resemblance is lost. The caterpillars now turn uniformly pale green with a white sub-spiracular band. An additional black band is developed on the 4th and 5th segments with two black and two bluish spots on them. The 8th and 9th segments, which earlier provided the camouflage markings now develop a brown and white band. At this stage, the caterpillars are forced to inhabit secluded places.

Despite their two stage camouflage scheme, some caterpillars are found by parasitic wasps which lay dozens of eggs in them. The parasitic wasp larva eat the caterpillar from the inside. Initially the vital organs are avoided, but by the time the caterpillar is ready to pupate even the vital organs are consumed. Soon after the caterpillar pupates, the parasitoids emerge from the pupa thus killing it.

Pupa of lime butterfly, in rearing cageThe pupa is light green and unmarked. It has two projections to the front on its head and also one on its thorax. It resembles that of the Common Mormon Papilio polytes. The difference being that the Common Mormon pupa has a deeper cut between the projections and its abdomen is more protruded on the sides, having a small point.

When situated among dry objects, the pupa tend to turn light grey-brown and develop dark brown and black striation.
The larval foodplants of the Lime Butterfly[3][4]

Cultivated Lime
Cultivated Oranges
Cultivated Lemons
Glycosmis pentaphylla
Ruta graveolens
Aegle marmelos
Murraya koenigii
Chloroxylon swietenia
Acronychia pedunculata

From : Wikipedia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-12 5:49]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful photo of this caterpillar. Clear colours and good sharpness. Maybe you can blur the BG a bit more. Good POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-12 6:46]

Hello Foozi,
Looks great, already as a caterpillar very nice to look at. Nice sharp details and the colors are exellent. Great POV and very well Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-12 6:48]

Hello Foozi
Beautiful caterpillar, great details and wonderful colors.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-12 8:45]

Hello Foozi,
The side POV really shows this P. demoleus caterpillar well with fine sharpness and colours, the different greens of the caterpillar and the BG helping to make it stand out.
Thanks, this is nice to view!
Best regards,

hello Foozi
a particular chromatic uniformity his camouflage, very good scene and beautiful presentation
TFS thanks for sharing

hello Foozi
great picture with good details
great sharpness and beautiful colours
greting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-12 11:12]

Hi Foozi,another wonderful macro of a spectacular caterpillar! Hiw is very strange and nice! Excellents colors and great details!My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Foozi!

Fantastic POV side, this time there are more details of the caterpillar. Excellent color and detail, has made a superb green in foliage and lots of texture and volume in the caterpillard.

Very good fit with this 1/15s at ISO 80! ... a milestone too!

Greetings, congratulations on a great job.

Regards & TFS!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-12 16:47]

Hi Foozi,

You say you have difficulty with birds but you are a macro pro! This chubby caterpillar is wonderful with marvelous colors and super sharp details. I love the pose on the leaf and the fine composition.


Hi Foozi,

Very nice capture of this green caterpillar. Great sharpmness and focus. Very nice horizontal position!


Hello Foozi,

Yes I agree... Ivan is hard to beat when it comes to ID hehehe!
It is your effort too, since you provide the fine details that makes it possible to give a reliable ID...
Excellent colour reproduction in this fine piece of macro work!

Pablo -

Hola Foozi,
Excelente macro con buena definición, textura, luz y color, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Foozi
a fine capture of this Swallowtail Caterpillar, nice pose on this leaves and great POV
fantastic colors as always, the lighting and the composition are also very good
Have a great evening

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-07-15 3:59]

Hello Foozi,

Very fine shot of this caterpillar (of the Common Lime Swallowtail- Ah!!! Ivan and the ID!!!)We have chance! Great colours and good sharpness!



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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-07-21 23:50]

Hello Foozi !
Looking through your gallery, I have seen that I have forgotten to leave a comment on this wonderful moth - I love her color and her markings, must be excellent for camouflage. I also like her pose, nicely stretched out on the leaf, as if posing for you. Nice details, vivid colors, wonderful composition and POV. Very well done !

Hi Foozi,

The leaves are framing well the insect. The close-up view is showing the details and colors of the Common Lime Swallowtail caterpillar. It is clear and precise. The colors are enhanced by the quality of the light. Have a nice day.


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