Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018

I almost went into a screaming fit when I walked up to my brother’s citrus tree. Despite knowing this was the larvae of a giant swallowtail butterfly, Papilio cresphontes, my poor, shocked mind could see nothing but giant worms.

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Resting on the surface of the leaf, these giant 3 inch worms are likely young larvae, and are said to resemble “bird droppings.”

Somewhere in the near future, they will look like this:

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9 thoughts on “GIANT WORM”

  1. Yikes they are ugly! I’ve never seen anything like that. What a miracle God has created to bring such beauty from such ugliness.

  2. Talk about an ugly duckling story! At first I thought of slugs, but you are right: they look like bird droppings. Maybe a clever disguise?

  3. They really are ugly! I think I would have been horrified to see them too! Just goes to show how how we should leave all those yucky things alone – they either turn into something beautiful or eat something we don’t need!

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