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    grannyfarmer
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    Need help on ID – I think it might be a swallow tail butterfly some day but I found this one and several smaller ones eating leaves on a small poplar tree sapling.


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    njeagle7
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    Hi, grannyfarmer,

      That is a beautiful caterpillar. I have never seen one like that, before. I found a photo in the ‘bugguide’ that is similar in color to yours, but I don’t see the ‘spiny’ things on your ‘cat’. Could he have retracted them from being handled? Check this photo in the ‘bugguide’ of a ‘Funerary Dagger’ Moth (Acronicta funeralis)…

      http://bugguide.net/node/view/253284

      ~Annie in NJ~ (aka: jerseytweeter) at 

      http://www.youtube.com/user/jerseytweeter/videos     

     


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    Gayle
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    Don’t know what it is, but pretty sure not a Swallowtail.


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    Gayle
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    Swallowtail Cat


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    grannyfarmer
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    Sure does look like the same caterpillar, Annie, only I didn’t see any spikes at all before I picked it up – found some smaller ones on the poplar tree saplings but they didn’t have spikes either – maybe the northern ones don’t need spikes – LOL! The smaller ones just looked like inch worms but upon closer inspection they were black with tiny yellow dots on each segment.  Thanks for the help!


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