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Caterpillar on Lime Tree is Giant Swallowtail

One of our readers found a caterpillar on her lime tree. She wants to know what kind of butterfly it will mature into. We believe this is a Papilio cresphontes larva, or a giant swallowtail caterpillar. A giant swallowtail caterpillar can also be referred to as an "orange dog" or "orange puppy. These butterflies and larvae are found mostly in the United States and Canada, and are especially abundant in Florida. They are also found in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Jamaica, and Cuba. Here is the photo she sent us:As you can see from the photograph, the giant swallowtail caterpillar has very interesting brown and olive green markings. Their camouflaged look allows them to hide in plain site on foliage and tree bark, disguised as bird droppings. These caterpillars feed on plants Continue reading [...]

Inchworms Gather on Windowsill

One of our reader sent us a photo of an organism that she found in her bedroom on the windowsill. We believe the creature is an inchworm, or geometer moth larva. Continue reading [...]

Red Larva Near Lamp Could Be Palm Flower Moth Larva

A reader found a light red larva on the carpet of his apartment. We are confident that the larva is a palm flower moth larva. Continue reading [...]

Green Caterpillar is Spicebush Swallowtail

One of our readers sent us a picture of a green worm-like specimen with interesting markings. We are confident that this creature is a spicebush swallowtail caterpillar. Continue reading [...]

Killer Caterpillar in Kenya?

A reader reached out to us about a stinging caterpillar that has resulted in the death of some people. We aren't sure we can be of much help in this situation. We don't recognize the species of the caterpillar, and we can't conclude if it has a lethal sting Continue reading [...]

Green Organism Identified as a Caterpillar

A reader sent us a photo of a green organism she found. We believe the specimen is a caterpillar, or the larva of a moth or butterfly. Continue reading [...]
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