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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Worm eating my lemon tree

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busybee
Kentwood, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 24, 2002
10:23 PM

Post #41230

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.

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Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

August 24, 2002
10:27 PM

Post #336783

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


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busybee
Kentwood, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 24, 2002
10:50 PM

Post #336818

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.
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

August 24, 2002
10:58 PM

Post #336828

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.!
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

August 24, 2002
11:00 PM

Post #336832

Hee hee, I know.
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

August 24, 2002
11:06 PM

Post #336840

Hee hee, pray tell...
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2002
11:10 PM

Post #336844

*SPLAT*!
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

August 24, 2002
11:33 PM

Post #336864

ROTFL!

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

Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

August 24, 2002
11:35 PM

Post #336868

Birdus poopus
Lophophora
Tokyo
Japan

August 24, 2002
11:38 PM

Post #336873

Is that, uh, Latin or Greek Cala?


(*snort!*)
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

August 25, 2002
12:14 AM

Post #336907

It's proper Latin of course!! It's right there beside flowerus unknownus.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 25, 2002
12:58 AM

Post #336992

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