May 7, 2012 12:15 pm
My class found this at recess today and think it is beautiful. Had a line that went down its spine almost like a heartbeat, or vein. The blue dots changed color from white to blue. Could you help us identify? Found in Helotes, TX (78023); May 7, 2012
Signature: Melissa Spiekerman
This is one of the Swallowtail Caterpillars in the genus Papilio, but we don’t feel we are skilled enough to determine the exact species. Several large black and yellow striped butterflies with tails have similar caterpillars. BugGuide shows similar looking caterpillars for the Two-Tailed Swallowtail, Papilio multicaudata, the Pale Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio eurymedon, and possibly even the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. The orange coloration indicates that this individual is preparing to metamorphose into a chrysalis.
Thank you so much!!! You just made our class very happy!
3rd Grade Teacher
Bob Beard Elementary
TEA Exemplary School