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Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

Papilio trolius


Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar--early instar, as the early ones look like bird droppings. They fold the spicebush leaf around themselves and use that as protection while they molt to the next instar.


Suburban garden, eastern North America, just outside of Philadelphia--I planted the spicebush 3 years ago hoping to attract these and finally my planning paid off.

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1 Comment

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Very cute! I've never seen one so small! It looks a little frog-like!

Nina C. Wilde
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Nina C. Wilde

Cornwells Heights-Eddington, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jun 25, 2012
Submitted on Jun 27, 2012

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