Photo by Melody
Guess what time it is? It's time for the DG County Fair! Now in it's sixth year, enter your blue-ribbon photos or mouth-watering recipes for a chance to win a gift subscription! Click here here to get all the details, dates and entry rules.

Insect and Spider Identification: Help! Crazy caterpillar-like bug w/orange forked "tongue"

Communities > Forums > Insect and Spider Identification
bookmark
Forum: Insect and Spider IdentificationReplies: 2, Views: 45
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
meganbluebird
Los Angeles, CA

November 26, 2012
9:34 PM

Post #9343506

Solved it with the help of FB. It's a Spicebush Swallowtail, "While the larvae are in the early stages, they are dark brown in color and thus appear to resemble bird droppings, which encourages predators to leave them alone." It's far outside its supposed area, but still appears to be correctly identified.

What is this?! Found in South Los Angeles elementary school garden on the rue plant. We poked its butt and that crazy orange forked "tongue" emerged.

This message was edited Nov 26, 2012 9:55 PM

Thumbnail by meganbluebird
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

November 27, 2012
3:30 AM

Post #9343570

This actually appears to be a larva of a giant swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes. It is known to feed on rue in addition to its favored citrus plants. - http://www.butterflyfunfacts.com/giant.php

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 27, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9343791

Agree with Flapdoodle, it is indeed a Giant Swallowtail that has been disturbed and is showing it's osmeterium, a forked gland
which secreats a stinky smell. It is a defense against preditors. Here is the beautiful adult butterfly that will emerge for the very plain looking chrysalis.

Thumbnail by Sheila_FW   Thumbnail by Sheila_FW         
Click an image for an enlarged view.

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Insect and Spider Identification Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
SOLVED: Tiny Red Critters Angel 26 Apr 26, 2014 7:18 AM
SOLVED: Do you know what kind of Spider this is? dignbloom 55 Aug 18, 2012 4:36 PM
SOLVED: green caterpillar xox_kitkat_xox 4 Jan 24, 2010 9:05 PM
SOLVED: Name this insect? Dinu 16 Oct 19, 2008 2:54 PM
SOLVED: Red Spider about the diameter of a penny gardenwife 24 Oct 10, 2009 10:41 AM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America