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PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 14, 2005
11:12 PM

Post #1692324

Cool false eyes. Any idea what it might become?

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PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 14, 2005
11:12 PM

Post #1692326

sideview

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makshi
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2005
11:16 PM

Post #1692337

Don't know what it is but it is pretty darn cute.
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 14, 2005
11:21 PM

Post #1692351

That is the caterpillar of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) http://bugguide.net/node/view/491/bgimage
Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



August 14, 2005
11:31 PM

Post #1692366

He is cute. Kinda looks like a little green lobster. LOL
QueenB
Shepherd, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2005
12:12 AM

Post #1692438

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!)
Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



August 15, 2005
12:15 AM

Post #1692440

LOL QueenB, you even have me scared of him now.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 15, 2005
12:29 AM

Post #1692462

im not getting that close to smell the top of its head! ROFLOL debi

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 15, 2005
12:42 AM

Post #1692502

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.
Next Question:
How did it get to the West Coast?
Quoting:Range: Eastern North America from Ontario south to Gulf coast, west to Colorado plains and central Texas.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2005
12:53 AM

Post #1692523

Bifurcated? Are we allowed to use that language on DG?
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 15, 2005
1:11 AM

Post #1692573

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

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 15, 2005
1:18 AM

Post #1692585

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.
QueenB
Shepherd, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2005
3:56 AM

Post #1692958

Only when I know you're going to be here, pirl!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 15, 2005
6:47 AM

Post #1693122

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.



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