Insect and Bug ID forum: Pesty Swallow Tail

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Name: Julie Lee
Gibson, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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JLeeLA
Jul 26, 2016 3:52 PM CST
Okay, this is the nastiest Critter I've ever seen. It eats the leaves off of my Citrus plants trees. Mainly it's been attacking my Orange tree! Now it has the appearance of a diamondback rattlesnake and when it gets mad red antennas emerge from its head like a warning and its mouth is huge when it opens. When you take it off of the plant to kill it it stinks worse then you have ever smelled in your life, well in mine that is. Here are some pictures I captured of it

Lemon tree caterpillars enjoy feeding on tender citrus leaves. Lemon tree caterpillars, often called California orangedogs, are the larva of the giant swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes Cramer).
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Aug 27, 2016 10:34 PM CST
I do agree, they can be rude, Here is a bit more info.

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/citrus/giantswallowtail....
Name: Julie Lee
Gibson, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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JLeeLA
Sep 21, 2016 10:48 AM CST
Thanks Moonhowl!
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Name: Julie Lee
Gibson, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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JLeeLA
Sep 22, 2016 1:03 PM CST
@mkb136
JLeeBrugfanatic
Name: Julie Lee
Gibson, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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JLeeLA
Sep 22, 2016 1:12 PM CST
@mkb136 sorry I meant this message for someone else @moonhowl
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