CLOSED: Worm eating my lemon tree

Kentwood, LA(Zone 8b)

What is this and what do I do to get rid of them? I sprayed them with water before I realized they were live. They are eating the leaves on my lemon tree. I don`t know if they came from a web but there is one in the leaf curl where one was. Some of them were larger than this one. The head is large with two slit eyes and the body is wet. I never had these before.I will try to get a better photo.

This message was edited Saturday, Aug 24th 6:24 PM

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Tokyo, Japan

A swallowtail larva!

Busybee - if you want beautiful butterflies next spring, leave at least a few - if mature, the tree won't miss that many leaves, trust me!

It's most likely an "orange dog", the larva of Papilio cresphontes, the Giant Swallowtail.
http://www3.pei.sympatico.ca/~david.fraser/rcresbut.htm


This message was edited Saturday, Aug 24th 6:45 PM

Kentwood, LA(Zone 8b)

Thank you very much,Lophophora. That is a beautiful butterfly to be such a ugly worm. I will be looking forward to them, (the butterflies but not the worms.) Can`t have one without the other though.

Tokyo, Japan

Ugly? You said it! *LOL*
I'll pass on saying what the critters are mimicking. Any bold guesses out there? :)

"Can`t have one without the other" True wisdom from Kentwood, LA.!

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Hee hee, I know.

Tokyo, Japan

Hee hee, pray tell...

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

*SPLAT*!

Tokyo, Japan

ROTFL!

What, gardenwife spill some uncooked scrambled eggs???? ;)

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Birdus poopus

Tokyo, Japan

Is that, uh, Latin or Greek Cala?


(*snort!*)

Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

It's proper Latin of course!! It's right there beside flowerus unknownus.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Oh [deleted] itsinmyeii

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