Calamondin Fruit Tree Pest

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    lilac41059lilac41059
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    Hi.  I just joined this group in hopes of finding out what a particular pest is that I found on our calamondin fruit tree and how to get rid of it (them).  It is eating the upper leaves on the tree.  It is, at least to me, a freaky creature.  Pictures are attached.  Any ideas?

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    #1253
    Nate from N&GNate from N&G
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    Hi, it sure looks like the caterpillar of the Giant Swallowtail!

    http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/citrus/giantswallowtail.htm

    It loves eating citrus, but it also looks nice and it’s a butterfly that’s often seen in the lower 48. It’s not an endangered species so if it’s really devastating your calamondin, you can pick it off. Use gloves since it defends itself with a stinky smell.

    giant-swallowtail

    #1258
    betsylilybetsylily
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    Goodness me the caterpillar is so ugly but the butterfly so beautiful!

    #1264
    carolCarol
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    I couldn’t agree more with @Nate. And also @betsylily. 😀

    On another topic, despite being a food source of this larvae, your calamondin fruits look so healthy!

     

    #1281
    joujoujoujou
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    Hi Nate,

    I saw this on my lemon tree. Do you think it’s the same caterpillar?

     

    Thanks,

    Joujou

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