Friends in My Garden- 5

Common Mormon

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A female Common mormon

Another beautiful butterfly seen around my garden.

Males and females of Common mormons (Papilio polytes) are easily identifiable with presence or absence of red crescents on the hind wings; females possessing more of them. Female Common mormon is polymorphic with variations seen on wing designs.

The larva (caterpillar) undergoes various stages before morphing into the butterfly. Each stage is specified as an Instar. Here I am showing two stages of the caterpillar, the Third and Fifth instars.

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Male Common mormon on white Ixora flower
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Third instar caterpillar
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Fifth instar caterpillar