Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Spicebush Swallowtail is a fairly black swallowtail butterfly. And it is the state butterfly of Mississippi. But it looks the best when it is still a caterpillar.

The caterpillars live in folded leaf shelters and eat the leaves of the sassafras or spicebush. Adults consume a variety of nectars, including those from azalea, Japanese honeysuckle, milkweed, and thistle flowers.

Both sexes are thought to be edible mimics of the distasteful Pipevine Swallowtail.

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Anonymous said...

Looks like a Caterpie

Anonymous said...

The second from the last pic looks like he is saying "hello!"

Anonymous said...

Recently saw one of these on my parents' farm in Laurel County, KY. Heard that the big end that "looks" like a head is actually the rear end but if that is the case, then this thing was crawling backwards. Anyone know much about that?