All Things Gardening forum: Swallowtail Caterpillar

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 29, 2017 7:29 PM CST
I guess it can enjoy that Satsuma Orange tree leaf....for now
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gardenglory
Jul 29, 2017 7:33 PM CST
I have at least 50 on the fennel, sadley tho, no giants on the citrus yet.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 29, 2017 7:34 PM CST
I was ready to flick it off thinking it was bird poop. Then it moved! Rolling on the floor laughing
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DaisyI
Jul 29, 2017 7:42 PM CST
That's what they looks like? I wonder how many I have flicked away thinking it was bird poop. Crying or Rolling on the floor laughing (can't decide)
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Name: Gary
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hostasmore
Jul 30, 2017 5:13 AM CST
Talk about your ugly duckling turning into a swan! That is one ugly lump!
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Calsurf73
Jul 30, 2017 7:14 AM CST
I'm so glad you posted a photo of that caterpillar.
We have those butterflies here but I've never seen their larvae and didn't know what they fed upon.
Like Daisy said, I wonder how many I've flicked off thinking they were bird droppings !
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Jul 30, 2017 8:05 AM CST
The giants also have red horns that come out when your make them mad. Very cool, altho now that I know, I leave them alone, the others have yellow horns I think.
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Jul 30, 2017 8:10 AM CST
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 30, 2017 3:43 PM CST
A face only a mother could love! I hear they have voracious appetites. Will he eat up all my little orange tree leaves?
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He's mad here but I'm madder cuz he's eating That leaf FAST!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 30, 2017 4:23 PM CST
I've decided that since I am so lucky that he chose my little tree as a host, he will be able to pupate there. I only got one orange this year anyway. Then I can watch the crystalis. I hope to see a Swallowtail emerge in a month or so?
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 30, 2017 4:24 PM CST
I've never dreamed to have a Butterfly Garden being so shady! I am very honored!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 30, 2017 4:27 PM CST
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Lauram847
Sep 3, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Which swallowtail is that? Here in the Chicago area we have the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails. Their caterpillars look a bit different but do the same thing with the antennae when provoked. In my yard I plant fennel, dill, and parsley for them to munch on. As butterflies I find they love to feed from Tithonia and Bottlebrush Buckeye.


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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 3, 2017 7:44 PM CST
I am not sure @lauram847 He never stayed. He got washed away during some hard rains we had. Crying But I spotted this guy after the hurricane. He was pretty torn up and awfully tired.


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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Sep 4, 2017 12:27 AM CST
He really does look like he has experienced some rough times!

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