Subject: What is this
Geographic location of the bug: Richmond Va
Time: 10:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What is this thing that was crawling on the sidewalk of my kids’ school today?
How you want your letter signed: Crystal
This is the caterpillar of a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. There are several species in your area, and our best guess is that this is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison. The adult Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a gorgeous butterfly.