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Swallowtail (anise) Caterpillars

Papilio zelicaon


On (anise?) plants on the side of the trail.

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maplemoth662 a year ago

Beautiful caterpillars....

MrsPbio 4 years ago

Wow! jackpot!!!

ForestDragon 4 years ago

Nice spotting! These caterpillars are likely Papilio zelicaon or Papilio polyxenes, rather than Papilio glaucus. P. glaucus are not found in California and their caterpillars are much different looking.

Here are some references.
Anise Swallowtail: http://bugguide.net/node/view/28235
Black Swallowtail: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2636
Tiger Swallowtail: http://bugguide.net/node/view/491

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California, USA

Lat: 37.95, Long: -122.57

Spotted on Mar 17, 2015
Submitted on Mar 17, 2015

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