beautiful Swallowtail
hi,
we went huckle berry picking up here at the start of the rockies and my daughter found this beautiful caterpillar. It seemed strange to find it this far north and on a mountain, to boot!

The Anise Swallowatail ranges from Canada through Washington, Oregon and California, and probably flagrantly ignores the Mexican border. Additionally, according to BugGuide, photos have been received from Utah and “A rare stray to central Nebraska and eastern North Dakota.” Just where exactly do the Rockies start?

hi again, sorry, we are in Dawson Creek, Canada – in the northeast of BC, we were in the “Pine Pass” – the northern part of the highway between Dawson Creek and Prince George. It was early August.
Amber

I believe this could also be a caterpillar of Pike’s Old World Swallowtail, Papilio machaon pikei http://www.entomology.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?fid=500761&vw=1&sb=1&r=41&o=1&c=1&s=2047&sn=Papilio+machaon+pikei
Again, much obliged and continued best wishes!
Keith

One Response to Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar or Old World Swallowtail Caterpillar

  1. EarlyStages says:

    I believe this could also be a caterpillar of Pike’s Old World Swallowtail, *Papilio machaon pikei* (http://www.entomology.ualberta.ca/searching_map.php?fid=500761&vw=1&sb=1&r=41&o=1&c=1&s=2047&sn=Papilio+machaon+pikei).

    Best wishes,

    Keith Wolfe

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