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jen650s

Arachnobaron
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I found a bunch of these eating my bonsai lemon tree. At first glance they looked like large bird droppings, but then I poked one and the orange antennae you can see in some of the pictures appeared.

Can anyone ID?

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I strongly suspect it is a lepidoptera, but with the number of citrus trees I have in my yard I would have expected to see it before if it is a citrus pest. The tree had about 10 of them ranging between 1/2 inch and almost 2 inches.

Thanks for any help you can give.
 

lucanidae

Arachnoprince
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Those actually aren't antenna, they are a special organ called osmeterium. That clued me in to family Papilionidae. I searched Papilionid citrus pests and found Papilio cresphontes, which appears to be a very good match.
 

jen650s

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Thanks guys, a beautiful butterfly and if it had been on a full sized citrus in my yard it wouldn't have been a problem, but my bonsai is only about 12" tall at 10 years and it doesn't take much damage to clean all the leaves off.

---Jen
 

dtknow

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Don't kill em...send them to me!

I'm in CA(a little ways North of you). Dunno if their are any intercounty regs though...
 
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