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Spicebush swallowtail (larva)

Papilio troilus

Description:

First three instars resemble a bird dropping. Last two instars are green with large eyespots - the two largest on third thoracic segment have black "pupils", two smaller ones on first abdominal segment do not. The larva changes color to orange or yellow just prior to pupating. (information from BugGuide)

Habitat:

City park

Notes:

The caterpillar was wandering, meaning it was on the ground, looking for a place to pupate. I placed it on this unknown plant for photos. It was set free after the shots.

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4 Comments

Caroline.V.
Caroline.V. 8 years ago

Cool

JC_Forester
JC_Forester 8 years ago

Wonderful caterpillar!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Great shots :)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Cool!

Aaron_G
Spotted by
Aaron_G

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2013
Submitted on Jul 3, 2013

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