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Spicebush Swallowtail

Papilio Troilus


The cutest little caterpillar that I have ever seen! A yellowish-orange coloring, only about an inch in size when not moving. (He can elongate to about 1.5 inches when traveling.) His thorax is quite swollen making his "head" resemble a snake's head. He was also able to raise his "head" in a snake-like way to look back at us. The two large dots on top of his "head" look like huge Littlest Pet Shop eyes. And a line in front resembles a big smile or the mouth of a snake. As I said.... Adorable!!!!


We found his traveling across the fallen pine needles if loblolly pines.

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Kimberly L.
Kimberly L. 7 years ago

I just stumbles on this site and happened to see the Spicebush Swallowtail. Though I did not know what it was called, I recognized it from a photo one of my cub scout parents showed myself and my boys last spring. He took a picture of a green one in his back yard in Warminster, PA. None of us knew what it was but we all thought it was pretty cool! None of us had ever seen one before, or since for that matter!

alexmdevoy 9 years ago

I think it was trying to find a spot to pupate. Do you see a lot in your area?

Maryland, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2011
Submitted on Aug 21, 2011

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