Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events

Swallowtail Caterpillar - Papilio polyxenes

Swallowtail Caterpillar - Papilio polyxenes
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
August 16, 2005
Life cycle series:



Moved from Black Swallowtail.

Is that a freshly shed skin?
We know you say plant names are not a strength for you. Do you have an image of the plant these were on?

that's a freshly shed skin and it was on parsley.

Ah, so these are
Papilio polyxenes also. Sorry we hadn't realized that you were saying all the images were Black Swallowtails, even though that is exactly what you said!! Link here -

I started putting them down as Black Swallowtail and then lost my confidence thinking that there was a chance that more than one swallowtail could have laid eggs on the same plant. So, I moved them all back out to Papilio.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.