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Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Papilio polyxenes


A Black Swallowtail (Instar) Caterpillar making more use of my Parsley Plants than me. Early instars have a cream saddle and branched spines.


Parsley Plants... in my Herb Garden


According to,, "The Black Swallowtail Caterpillar changes dramatically in appearance as it develops. After it hatches, it is a tiny black caterpillar with a white spot. It is suppose to look like a bird dropping to divert its predators."

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Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.31, Long: -83.46

Spotted on Aug 22, 2016
Submitted on Feb 7, 2017

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