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Black Swallowtail Larvae Soon to Form Chrysalises

8-29-13 black swallowtail larva and QALace 028In 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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2 responses

  1. That is one cute caterpillar. The Queen Anne’s Lace seeds are lovely, too–I’d never noticed them before. Thanks!

    August 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

  2. Patski

    I had photographed and was watching two of these on some QAL plants next to my steps, but unfortunately, they both eventually disappeared. I had hoped to see them form their chrysalises. Perhaps you will capture what I missed.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

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