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Giant Swallowtail Butterflies and Your Citrus Trees

By wildflowers
June 19, 2012

It started out as a usual morning as I hand watered the front garden; then I noticed what looked like bird droppings all over one of the lime trees.

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Sep 26, 2017 4:02 PM CST
I have citrus trees on my patio, and the Giant Swallowtail caterpillars have chosen my Ruby Red Grapefruit.tree & eaten the leaves bare. The fruit is doing fine. (It's true they do look like bird poo! ) 😏 🐛
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Sep 26, 2017 5:20 PM CST
kjt543, thank you for hosting the giant swallowtail butterfly. Hurray! I've watched them eat the leaves from the citrus trees (for years) but never have they damaged the trees or caused problems with the fruit.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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