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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Mystery caterpillar.please ID

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Olympia, WA

September 12, 2002
10:16 PM

Post #44189


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(Zone 7a)

September 12, 2002
10:33 PM

Post #355296

lol! I think he looks cute:) Have no idea what he is tho...
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2002
11:34 PM

Post #355353

What was it eating? Looks like it might be an immature larvae of the Giant swallowtail.
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)

September 12, 2002
11:36 PM

Post #355356

What an interesting little fellow! The collar and painted-on eyes are really incredible... you didn't do that, did you, wannadanc?
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 13, 2002
12:05 AM

Post #355385

Possibly a Two-tailed Swallowtail?
or this looks even closer, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

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Olympia, WA

September 13, 2002
12:56 AM

Post #355437

Thank you so much - I vote for Two tailed swallowtail!!!

I need to get a good larvae book - could not believe I couldn't locate this one, and also knew I had "seen pictures" of it ...somewhere!!!!!

My neighbor found it - just hunkering along on the grass, I no clue as to food source.

Those protuberances were going in and out of the head of the little guy - so strange to watch that going on!!! You could see moisture on them when you shifted it in the light...boy, I need to go back to school to learn some things about caterpillar morphology.

Thank you again!!!!!!!

Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 13, 2002
1:14 AM

Post #355458

Vickie, it says Caterpillar hosts: Leaves of ash (Fraxinus), hop tree (Ptelea), and chokecherry (Prunus).
If you have any of these to feed him you can probably keep him. He'll make a chrysalis then become a butterly. He's a pretty thing, that's for sure!
Olympia, WA

September 13, 2002
7:03 PM

Post #356073

On further inquiry, I learned the neighbors dog was rolling it along in the gravel ... I encouraged them to put him/her out in the "woods" - away from the dog. Those protuberances are called "osmateria" - my new word for the day, and are the source of the acrid smell. That you, Floridian, for the wonderful links that added to my knowledge base!!!
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2002
11:04 PM

Post #356232

The dog probably liked the stinky smell - lol!!
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)

September 14, 2002
3:49 AM

Post #356499

I think he's cute too. It's like he's raising his head screaming Mama! Mama! Mama! Get this dog away from me before he squishes me!!!
Olympia, WA

September 14, 2002
9:57 AM

Post #356623

LOL - Considering that this HUGE dog loves to roll in anything stinky, I can believe the Mama screams!!!!

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