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Polygonia interrogationis


The caterpillar has a white and black marbled skin with orange and yellow spines covered in black tips. The feet of the caterpillar have red.The species feed on Hackberry, (celtis) sitting on the back to be not seen by preadetors.The spines are for protection they are not venomous in any way.The caterpillars exhibit the same colors as the butterflies with white, black and red.The host plants are chopped down because many people think that they are invasive.The butterfly can be found through all of North America and parts of Central America.


Semi-Urban, Fort Worth, Texas.


3rd or 4th instar larvae.

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ornithoptera80 2 weeks ago

Thanks, ineshiagarwali.

ineshiagarwali 2 weeks ago

these are so beautiful, I like them and their colour as well.

ornithoptera80 2 weeks ago

Thank you Sergio.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 weeks ago

Beautiful, both photos and spotting. Congrats.

ornithoptera80 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Brian:)

Brian38 2 weeks ago

Great shots ornithoptera80. I've always wanted to find one of these.

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 16, 2020
Submitted on May 16, 2020

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