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Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

Papilio cresphontes

Description:

The mature caterpillar resembles bird droppings to deter predators, and if that doesn't work they use their orange osmeteria. These are 'horns', which they can display and then retract. The coloration is dingy brown and or olive with white patches and small patches of purple.

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2 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Thanks for the confirmation ForestDragon :)

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

Looks like you could be correct. http://bugguide.net/node/view/685719 :)

Christine Y.
Spotted by
Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2014
Submitted on Aug 25, 2014

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