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Black Swallowtail caterpillar

Papilio polyxenes


My daughter found this one on a parsley leaf and called for me to come to see it! I thought she was kidding because she is just two!! My son saw it too and verified it from one of his nature books.. I will add photos again since we have it in a vessel and it seems to want to get a cocoon started! Hope to see the Butterfly emerge..


Resting on parsley in the vegetable garden

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Hema Shah 12 years ago

Were you able to see the butterflies emerging?

Nicholas4 12 years ago

Thanks Peter.. missed the lacation.. BTW, got one more two days ago.. it was cold outside, about 50 overnight, but it seem to have survived.. It molted.. I missed it tough.. and now is eating up the parsley leaves.. The first one is still hanging upside down.. will update with photos..

peter 12 years ago

Nicholas can you please update the location of where you saw this caterpillar. Right now the location information is missing. Many thanks.

Nicholas4 12 years ago

I've just added the chrysalis stage photo!! Wow! It began at it's head and quickly moved thru it's entire body in about two hours! I left for work and my wife saw it and shot the last photo!! Just incredible!!

Nicholas4 12 years ago

Thanks for the comments!! Yes I do have a lid... And I will post progress shots.

zayer 12 years ago

Wow! Hope you can post the photo when this caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Thanks!

KeithRoragen 12 years ago

Anise Swallowtail is a western species. Much more likely this is a Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes- which is a similar species. A word of warning, these caterpillars like to go on walkabout before they pupate. If you don't have a lid on the container it is likely to find them pupating on a chair or table leg, or never find them pupating at all.

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Wayne, New Jersey, USA

Spotted on Sep 4, 2011
Submitted on Sep 5, 2011

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