A reader recently shared a video link to our Facebook page and asked us “What kind of worm is in this video?” We are happy to identify this specimen!
Here is a screenshot of the creature in the video:
This is actually a caterpillar, or butterfly larva, NOT a worm! To be more specific, this is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar. This caterpillar has two yellow dots on its anterior end that almost look like eyes. These markings can be used as a defense mechanism to scare off predators.
In conclusion, a reader asked us to identify a critter that was featured in a video. We are confident that the organism in question is an Eastern Swallowtail caterpillar.
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