Tiger Swallowtail and Allies / possibly Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
This is day ten of the caterpillar observation. You can see that the mouth has changed colors. I've researched that this species turns an orange-like color before it pupates. I don't know if that is what is happening or the caterpillar has died. I am hoping that it is beginning to pupate because of the angle of its stance, and have read that some pupate in the upright position.
I am attaching a video I took 2 days prior that shows the caterpillar cleaning the surface of the leaf and wondering if it is starting pupation in an upright position. I will continue to monitor.
Note: There is no copyright infringement here,I filmed the video and the music was available from freemusicarchive.org, composition: The Great Spiral Dance by Siddhartha Corsus. Warning, there is music in the video, so please mute before watching if you prefer no music.
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats. It flies from spring to fall, during which it produces two to three broods.