Cool false eyes. Any idea what it might become?
CLOSED: Whodat eatin' my plant?
No, I am a big green, yellow-eyed snake! Fear me! Fear me, all ye birds, or I shall have to stick out my tongue and force you to smell my nasty, musty scent!
(For real, they have a bifurcated thingy that comes out from above their heads, and it STINKS!)
im not getting that close to smell the top of its head! ROFLOL debi
Thanks, it looks like the correct id. I like that bugguide site, very nice. I do have several birch, which I guess it must have fallen from.
How did it get to the West Coast?
Range: Eastern North America from Ontario south to Gulf coast, west to Colorado plains and central Texas.
Bifurcated? Are we allowed to use that language on DG?
Sorry, I should have looked at your location. Yours will be the Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus). The bugguide site did not have any caterpillar pictures for the Western, but here is a picture I found on the web. It is very like the Eastern's caterpillar. http://gallery.insect.cz/details.php?image_id=2067&l=thai
Thanks again. I did some searches and could not come up with anything like that. Interesting that it is a Checkoslovakian site with a photo of a caterpillar from Whistler, British Columbia. The internet is truly amazing.
Amazing doesn't begin to describe it. The most informative Lewisia site I've found is in Cyrillic. Handy for me, but not that useful for most people.
Edited to explain why this is amazing: Most, if not all, Lewisias are native to the Western United States, but the Website is in Russia.
This message was edited Aug 14, 2005 11:55 PM