Spicebush Swallowtail larva go through three color stages as they develop.In their first moltings they are brown and white and look like bird droppings. In their mid stage they are a brilliant green. The last instar these caterpillars are a deep orange red. Photo: Late instar (orange red) and third instar (green) larvae.
These caterpillars can be found rolled up inside leaves of their host plants camphor and spicebush. The larva weave tiny pads of silk which curls the leaf around them to create a shelter.
The large eyespots of these caterpillars can startle predators and people.
Lat: 28.05, Long: -82.40
Spotted on Oct 5, 2010
Submitted on Jul 26, 2011
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