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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! Butterflies,Butterflies of India,Butterfly,Caterpillar,Caterpillars,Common Mormon,Common Mormon Butterfly,Dhanmill Naka,Incredible India,India,India Butterflies,Indian,Indian Lepidoptera,Lepidoptera,Lepidopteras of India,Maharashtra,Mumbai,Papilio polytes,Papilionidae,Prabhadevi Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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!

    comments (2)

  1. Wow, you absolutely nailed this shot. It's perfectly exposed, composed, excellent depth of field and sharp as a razor. A master piece. Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks thanks :-) .. Caterpillar was moving so consistently and I do not have stabilized lens and was at 200mm range hand-held in dark at minimum focusing range. It was crazy difficult. Am glad you liked it, it was worth all the efforts. Posted 9 months ago

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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.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
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Uploaded Oct 5, 2020. Captured in Bus Depot - Elphinstone West, Jagannath Bhatankar Marg, Parel Bus Depot, Dighe Nagar, Elphinstone West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400025, India.