Thursday, August 25, 2005

Caterpillar



This Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) caterpillar could be white, yellow and black or green, yellow and black. It has taken residence on one or our garden Rue plants and has been chewing away for several days now. I am trying to think of a way to make sure it does not disappear before pupation.

3 comments:

LauraJ said...

I didn't think anthing ate rue, I thought it was poisonous. Have you considered spinbonded polyester row cover?

I love your pictures. Thank you for them, and for the ID's.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

What an amazingly vivid color on that caterpillar. Great photography.

Floridacracker said...

That is one beautiful caterpillar. We raised a regal moth (hickory horned devil caterpillar) larva inside once. It was pretty easy. I just made a note of what the caterpillar was eating and brought it leaves each day until it pupated. After a few months, we had a big beautiful moth to release.