Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail
The larva of the Spicebush Swallowtail feeds on spicebush, sassafras, prickly ash and sweet bay. Note its eyespots. When threatened, it will move its head and thorax about in an effort to mimic a snake and potentially drive off would be predators. Most larvae of this species are green in color, the yellow caterpillar pictured here is less common.

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March 11, 2008