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Black Swallowtail Caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes) The larvae of this species changes color quite dramatically with each molt. This picture shows the last instar, which is green with black bands dotted with yellow spots on each segment. I think it was getting ready to pupate as it was really still and didn&#039;t show its osmeterium when I touched it.<br />
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Habitat: On fennel (Foeniculum sp.) in a rural garden. Black Swallowtail,Geotagged,Papilio polyxenes,Summer,United States,caterpillar,papilio Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes)

The larvae of this species changes color quite dramatically with each molt. This picture shows the last instar, which is green with black bands dotted with yellow spots on each segment. I think it was getting ready to pupate as it was really still and didn't show its osmeterium when I touched it.

Habitat: On fennel (Foeniculum sp.) in a rural garden.

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The Black Swallowtail , also called the American Swallowtail or Parsnip Swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It is the state butterfly of Oklahoma. An extremely similar-appearing species, ''Papilio joanae'', occurs in the Ozark Mountains region, but it appears to be closely related to ''Papilio machaon'', rather than ''P. polyxenes''. The species is named after the figure in Greek mythology, Polyxena , who was the youngest daughter of King Priam of Troy.

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Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jan 11, 2020. Captured Aug 17, 2019 08:01 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/3.5
  • 1/197s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm