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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 - 17 Jan 2019
Papilio (Princeps) aegeus at Tathra, NSW - 17 Jan 2019

Identification history

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

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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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Leptotarsus sp. (Crane Fly) at Tathra, NSW - 9 Nov 2019 by Steve Mills
Aseroe rubra (Anemone Stinkhorn) at Tathra, NSW - 26 May 2019 by Suzhop
TETTIGONIIDAE (Unidentified katydid) at Tathra, NSW - 21 Mar 2019 by Suzhop
Austrosalomona falcata (Katydid) at Tathra, NSW - 21 Mar 2019 by Suzhop
Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tathra, NSW - 19 Mar 2019 by Suzhop
Agonoscelis rutila (Horehound bug) at Tathra, NSW - 19 Mar 2019 by Suzhop
Spodoptera litura at Tathra, NSW - 10 Mar 2019 by Steve Mills
Nyssus albopunctatus (White-spotted swift spider) at Tathra, NSW - 9 Feb 2019 by Suzhop
Pterygophorus cinctus (Bottlebrush sawfly) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019 by Steve Mills
Oedaleus australis (Australian Oedaleus) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019 by Steve Mills
Geometridae (family) (Unidentified geometer or looper moths) at Tathra, NSW - 3 Feb 2019 by Steve Mills
Psilogramma casuarinae (Australasian Privet Hawk Moth) at Tathra, NSW - 2 Feb 2019 by Suzhop
Lamprolina sp. (Pittosporum leaf beetle) at Tathra, NSW - 5 Jan 2019 by Steve Mills
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Tathra, NSW - 1 Jan 2019 by Steve Mills
Oenochroma vinaria (Grevillea Looper) at Tathra, NSW - 28 Dec 2018 by Suzhop
Amata nigriceps (Tiger moth) at Tathra, NSW - 12 Nov 2018 by Steve Mills
Lampropholis delicata (Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink) at Tathra, NSW - 30 Dec 2017 by Steve Mills
Coccinellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified lady beetle) at Tathra, NSW - 29 Nov 2016 by Steve Mills
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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 Recorded on
  • Suzhop Recorded by

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