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Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

Papilio trolius

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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
Spotted by
Nina C. Wilde

Cornwells Heights-Eddington, Pennsylvania, USA

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

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