This is among the list of my favorite insects; the color and the pattern on its skin are just lovely. I usually find this kind of swallowtail caterpillar in a citrus plant like calamansi.
What I particularly like about this is how the red “forked gland” on its’ head come out when sensing danger. This forked gland looks like a snake tongue and releases a foul odor to repel predators.
After days of eating the leaves, they will slowly keep still until they turn into this delicate chrysalis and wait for several weeks until they become a full-pledge butterfly. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture it’s full transformation.
- Giant Swallowtails Head North Again (eyeonnature.wordpress.com)
- Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar (wingedbeauty.com)
- Black Swallowtail Increasing in 2012? (gardenwalkgardentalk.com)
- Giant Swallowtail Larval Host Plants (eyeonnature.wordpress.com)
- Life: A Metamorphosis (greatgreths.wordpress.com)