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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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Subject: What is this creature
Location: Atlanta,Georgia
June 5, 2015 10:36 am
I saw this in my driveway one afternoon inching crawling and I have no idea what it is it looks like a worm and has what seems like a tongue and eyes, we live in the south Atlanta,ga this occured early June.
Signature: Please help me I’d love to know

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

This is the caterpillar of a Tiger Swallowtail, and what you have mistaken for a tongue is a retractable organ called an osmeterium that gives off a foul odor.  The odor coupled with the false eyes may give predatory birds the illusion that the tasty caterpillar is actually a much larger snake that could be dangerous to a bird.  Your submission will post live to our site later in June while we are away on holiday.

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Subject: Identify Chrysalis
Location: Australia
May 2, 2015 6:14 pm
I hope that you can help me to identify this chrysalis. It was photographed by a friend in Australia and he has no idea. I was asked to help but find most search engines take me off at a tangent and I have been unable to get a decent photographic library from which to identify this one. I really appreciate any help you might be able to give.
Signature: Corrie

Swallowtail Chrysalis

Cabbage WhiteChrysalis

Dear Corrie,
We were mistaken into thinking that the silken girdle supporting this chrysalis in an upright position indicates that it is a Swallowtail in the family Papilionidae.  We are not certain of the exact species, but you may compare this image to images of Australian Swallowtail Chrysalides posted to Butterflyhouse.  We received a comment with a correction from Ben indicating that this is the chrysalis of a Cabbage White.

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Subject: never seen one
Location: mobile, al
May 1, 2015 1:36 pm
Found this eating camphor leaves. What in the world?
Signature: nathan

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Nathan,
This is the Caterpillar of a Spicebush Swallowtail,
Papilio troilus, and most of the images on our site are more mature caterpillars, including many that are turning orange just prior to pupation.  Your earlier instar can be compared to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, preferred food plants include:  “Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), Sassafras trees (Sassafras albidum), Pondspice (Litsea aestivalis) Red, Swamp and Silk Bays (Persea spp.); perhaps prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum), Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), Sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana), and Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora).”  The adult Spicebush Swallowtail is a beautiful butterfly.

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Subject: Catapillars
Location: Vacaville, ca
April 3, 2015 12:33 pm
Please identify this catapillar in the attached pix. Location Vacaville, ca
Signature: Robin

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Robin,
It seems it has been years since we posted a new image of a Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar,
Battus philenor.

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