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.
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: