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Subject: What is this catapillar
Location: Vestal center ny
July 27, 2015 8:49 am
My kids saw this yesterday in vestal center, New York, which is near Binghamton n y. It was four inches long, brown in color violet dots like a collar yellow giant eyes with a violet dot in the middle,a forked yellow tongue and funky psychedelic colors down its back
Signature: Abby binder

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar with Osmeterium

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar with Osmeterium

Dear Abby,
This is a Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar and it has extracted its osmeterium, a forked organ that produces a foul odor to deter predators.  What you have mistaken for “yellow giant eyes” are actually spots that resemble eyes, another defense mechanism to protect the docile caterpillar against predators.

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Subject: Cocoon?
Location: Southern California (South Orange County)
July 23, 2015 11:16 am
We noticed this strange creature on our pro shop window. Any help identifying it would be wonderful.
Signature: TGC

Cabbage White Chrysalis

Cabbage White Chrysalis

Dear TGC,
This is the chrysalis of a Cabbage White.

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Subject: Found cocoon
Location: Livermore, California
July 19, 2015 7:16 pm
Found it attached inside my dish glove. I have it hanging inside a cup with a top with holes. Would like to know what it is, how long it will take to hatch, and what to do with it once it hatches. It will be fascinating to look after. Thanks so much!
Signature: Shawna Jarnagin

Cabbage White Chrysalis

Cabbage White Chrysalis

Dear Shawna,
We quickly identified your chrysalis because we recently misidentified a Cabbage White Chrysalis, being thrown off by the silken girdle that helps to support the pupa.  We are speculating that you garden and that your garden includes plants in the cabbage family, the food source for the caterpillars of the Cabbage White, a European species that was naturalized in North America centuries ago.

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Subject: Space alien or slug?
Location: Western pennsylvania
July 4, 2015 2:37 pm
July 4th found crawling under grill cover.
Sewickley , PA suburb of Pittsburgh
Signature: Johnnie dex

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar with Osmeterium

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar with Osmeterium

Dear Johnnie dex,
This is a Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar, and it will eventually become an adult Tiger Swallowtail, a large yellow and black striped butterfly.  Your individual has everted its osmeterium, the forked organ that emits a foul odor, acting as a defense mechanism when the caterpillar feels threatened.

Thank you Daniel,
I had also identified the caterpillar as that of a tiger swallowtail. Although sorta creepy
looking I’m glad I left the caterpillar alone to go its way as eventually a butterfly may result.
Thank you for your quick response.
John

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Subject: What will emerge?
Location: Santa Cruz, CA [Latitude: 36° 58′ 16.998″ N, Longitude: 122° 2′ 36″ W]
June 11, 2015 5:07 pm
My daughter noticed the cocoon shown in the attached pictures. What will emerge?
Signature: Daniel & Sophia

Anise Swallowtail Chrysalis

Anise Swallowtail Chrysalis

Dear Daniel and Sophia,
We believe your chrysalis belongs to an Anise Swallowtail based on its similarity to this image posted to B
ugGuide.

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Subject: Large caterpillar
Location: Natural Bridge, VA
June 10, 2015 4:23 pm
Hi – saw this guy crossing our path today. Any idea what it is? Thanks in anticipation.
Signature: Andy

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Andy,
This Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar will eventually metamorphose into a beautiful yellow and black striped Tiger Swallowtail.

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