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

Black Swallowtail egg - Papilio polyxenes

Black Swallowtail egg - Papilio polyxenes
Parkwood, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
September 16, 2006
Size: 1 mm
I do not see any images here of the egg of this species. I saw a female Black Swallowtail flutter down and lay this egg on cultivated carrot, Daucus carota. I brogught the leaf in and will attempt to rear the caterpillar.

Moved from Black Swallowtail.

thank you!
There are some mystery eggs on parsley in my yard and I suspect they are Black Swallowtail. I've been looking for images. Thank you.

How did the rearing attempt go for you?

Rearing results
I got two chrysalises and one emerged far too early (November), though it was a beautiful male, and the other came out in spring, a female, and I released it. I have not posted photos of these because we have plenty of photos of Black Swallowtails.

I'm waiting on 4 larvae now,
I'm waiting on 4 larvae now, from 2nd to 4th instars at present, and have been informed that in my area (NE Minnesota) Old World Swallowtail is a rare possibility as well. I'm pretty sure mine are Black but I will continue to hope for successful metamorphosis in any case. And not spam with photos if they are "just" Black. ;)

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