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Swallowtail (Papilionidae)Papilio (Princeps) aegeus

Large Citrus Butterfly at Tathra, NSW

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Papilio (Princeps) aegeus at Tathra, NSW - 16 Jan 2019
Papilio (Princeps) aegeus at Tathra, NSW - 16 Jan 2019

Identification history

Swallowtail (Papilionidae) Papilio (Princeps) aegeus 3 Feb 2019 KerriLee
Unidentified 3 Feb 2019 Suzhop

3 comments

KerriLee wrote:
   3 Feb 2019
nice shots! most species are difficult to identify from the caterpillar alone ... but with this one we're in luck. Their caterpillars are distinctive ... this is a mature one, probably not far off pupating. If you have an interest, I'd recommend collecting it and raising it through to see the pupa and the butterfly when it emerges. Even the pupa is impressive, and the butterfly is truly spectacular! Plus, you could cross-check the species ID.
Suzhop wrote:
   5 Feb 2019
It was amazing! Also the antennae came up if you disturbed it and they were red!
KerriLee wrote:
   5 Feb 2019
Yes, and the interesting thing is that they're not antennae - it's a special, forked organ used in defence. Other species in this family also use the same trick. The sudden extension of the 'osmeterium' probably looks intimidating to may predators, plus it releases a repulsive chemical. For this species, it's probably a citrus-derived acid.

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Nearby Sightings

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Aseroe rubra (Anemone Stinkhorn) at Tathra, NSW - 26 May 2019 Austrosalomona falcata (Katydid) at Tathra, NSW - 21 Mar 2019 TETTIGONIIDAE (Unidentified katydid) at Tathra, NSW - 21 Mar 2019 Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tathra, NSW - 19 Mar 2019 Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tathra, NSW - 19 Mar 2019 Spodoptera litura at Tathra, NSW - 10 Mar 2019 Nyssus albopunctatus (White-spotted swift spider) at Tathra, NSW - 9 Feb 2019 Holconia immanis (TBC) at Tathra, NSW - 4 Feb 2019 Unidentified Other Insect (TBC) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019 Pterygophorus cinctus (Bottlebrush sawfly) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019 Oedaleus australis (Australian Oedaleus) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019 Geometridae (family) (Unidentified geometer or looper moths) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019 Psilogramma casuarinae (Australasian Privet Hawk Moth) at Tathra, NSW - 2 Feb 2019 Lamprolina sp. (Pittosporum leaf beetle) at Tathra, NSW - 5 Jan 2019 Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Tathra, NSW - 1 Jan 2019 Oenochroma vinaria (Grevillea Looper) at Tathra, NSW - 28 Dec 2018 Amata nigriceps (Tiger moth) at Tathra, NSW - 12 Nov 2018 Lampropholis delicata (Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink) at Tathra, NSW - 30 Dec 2017 Coccinellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified lady beetle) at Tathra, NSW - 29 Nov 2016 Anthochaera chrysoptera (Little Wattlebird) at Tathra, NSW - 5 Mar 2015 Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren) at Tathra, NSW - 4 Feb 2015
Aseroe rubra (Anemone Stinkhorn) at Tathra, NSW - 26 May 2019
Austrosalomona falcata (Katydid) at Tathra, NSW - 21 Mar 2019
TETTIGONIIDAE (Unidentified katydid) at Tathra, NSW - 21 Mar 2019
Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tathra, NSW - 19 Mar 2019
Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tathra, NSW - 19 Mar 2019
Spodoptera litura at Tathra, NSW - 10 Mar 2019
Nyssus albopunctatus (White-spotted swift spider) at Tathra, NSW - 9 Feb 2019
Holconia immanis (TBC) at Tathra, NSW - 4 Feb 2019
Unidentified Other Insect (TBC) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019
Pterygophorus cinctus (Bottlebrush sawfly) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019
Oedaleus australis (Australian Oedaleus) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019
Geometridae (family) (Unidentified geometer or looper moths) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019
Psilogramma casuarinae (Australasian Privet Hawk Moth) at Tathra, NSW - 2 Feb 2019
Lamprolina sp. (Pittosporum leaf beetle) at Tathra, NSW - 5 Jan 2019
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Tathra, NSW - 1 Jan 2019
Oenochroma vinaria (Grevillea Looper) at Tathra, NSW - 28 Dec 2018
Amata nigriceps (Tiger moth) at Tathra, NSW - 12 Nov 2018
Lampropholis delicata (Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink) at Tathra, NSW - 30 Dec 2017
Coccinellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified lady beetle) at Tathra, NSW - 29 Nov 2016
Anthochaera chrysoptera (Little Wattlebird) at Tathra, NSW - 5 Mar 2015
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairy-wren) at Tathra, NSW - 4 Feb 2015

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.962820-36.719332
  • Altitude 65.6m
  • Places Tathra, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 16 Jan 2019 6:06 PM Recorded on
  • Suzhop Recorded by
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