Curry caterpillar from the curry land ;-)
Bird dropping mimicry is done best by a caterpillar of Common Mormon butterfly, but what I was not expecting was, how the bird dropping instar transformed into this beauty! Curry leave plant is the host plant of the Common Mormon butterfly and I did try to observe it the next day to see if I could see any pupae or chrysalis stage or not but unfortunately no sign of it (must've got predated). These caterpillars devour the whole plant but nothing to worry, the leaves of the plant regrow after these cats give it a pruning. The caterpillar has a defense mechanism, about which I will post again with an image I somehow managed to capture with a lot of difficulties. Till then, enjoy this!
The Common Mormon is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible Red-bodied Swallowtails, such as the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose.