Black Swallowtail Larvae Soon to Form Chrysalises
In its younger days, this Black Swallowtail larva resembled a bird dropping, but in successive molts a green (or white), yellow and black pattern develops. Often discovered in vegetable gardens on carrot, parsley and dill plants, it also feeds on wild members of the carrot/parsley family (Apiaceae), including its favorite, Queen Anne’s Lace (pictured). Seeds as well as leaves are rapidly consumed, as the time for one last molt and the development of a chrysalis in which to overwinter approaches.
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This entry was posted on August 29, 2013 by Mary Holland. It was filed under August, Butterflies, Caterpillars, Chrysalises, Insects, Larvae, Lepidoptera, Metamorphosis and was tagged with Apiaceae, Black Swallowtail, Carrot Family, Dill, Papilio polyxenes, Papilionidae, Parsley Family, Umbelliferae.