“Worm” in Video is Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

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:


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eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillar

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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“Worm” in Video is Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar
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“Worm” in Video is Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar
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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!
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Author: Worm Researcher Dori

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