Subject: What’s that Caterpillar?
Location: Southern California
July 13, 2012 7:15 pm
I just went out to my mom’s standing garden to find three of these! I’m confused as to what they are, because I’ve never seen them before. We’ve had plenty of tomato/horn worms and inchworms, but never these.
Signature: Dani F.

Anise Swallowtail Caterpillar

Hi Dani,
We love playing What’s That Caterpillar? with our readers.  We are guessing your mother has carrots, parsley, dill or some other umbelliferous herb or vegetable growing in her garden, or else there is wild anise somewhere nearby, also a plant that has flowers in the shape of an umbel.  This is the caterpillar of the Anise Swallowtail, a pretty black swallowtail butterfly with yellow spots.

Location: California

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