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Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar - Papilio troilus

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar - Papilio troilus
Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
September 3, 2009
This looks like a fourth instar caterpillar I found in a sassafras patch.

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Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar - Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar - Papilio troilus

smiling
what a great subject. I would love to find one of those in my garden.

 
smiling snake
I went looking for these caterpillars today, and had great success in a dense sassafras patch. They also like spicebush, and they hide by folding a leaf over themselves. Good luck finding one.

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