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Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Papilio polyxenes

Description:

There are several on the last remains of the parsley. The black swallowtail caterpillar has an orange "forked gland", called the osmeterium. When in danger, the osmeterium, which looks like a snake's tongue, everts and releases a foul smell to repel predators.

Habitat:

Parsley in an herb garden box.

Notes:

Most of these last caterpillars have been falling prey to jumping spiders and wasps.

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3 Comments

keithp2012
keithp2012 9 years ago

You have so many!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Lovely.

davidcooke1900
davidcooke1900 9 years ago

Love them!

gatorfellows
Spotted by
gatorfellows

Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Oct 10, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2012

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