Tuesday, June 26, 2012

cutest critter ever!

 Saw this lil feller crawlin through the grass. I think it is one of the cutest things I have ever seen!! What is even cuter is that when it was frightened it shimmied n shook.
After looking it up I found out it is a caterpillar of the  spicebush swallowtail  butterfly(Papilio troilus). the caterpillars start out green and turn yellow or orange when they are ready to pupate.


  1. Wonderful pictures! We had swallowtail caterpillars here last year - great fun to watch as they developed. But they ate just about every leaf on the tree they picked to dine on.

  2. At the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, outside the butterfly house, there is a giant bronze statues of a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar. I had my picture taken while sitting on it!