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September 20, 2012

5 Caterpillars, 3 Photos

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

20 comments:

  1. All are absolutely fabulous!

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  2. What a beauties they are, I especially love the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail with the beautiful heads and eyes, amazing!

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  3. I'm enjoying them as your photographs more than I enjoyed them in the butterfly house. Amazing. Excellent.

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  4. I am so jealous. I haven't seen a single caterpillar in my garden in the past two years. Maybe next year.

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  5. Beautiful photos, Les. I love the "eyes" on the Tiger Swallowtail.

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  6. Well, that seals the deal. I simply must plant a pipevine next year!! :) Beautiful pictures!

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  7. Great pictures! I just planted Dutchman's Pipe so I could attract the pipevine swallowtails.

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  8. how do you protect the baby pipevine plant until it's old enough to survive the hoardes?

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  9. beautiful photographs of gorgeous creatures.
    - Georgia

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  10. So COOL Les! I have never seen the the last 2 of the 3 caterpillars! Just the first, eating my parsley! What do the second 2 eat?
    Gorgeous photos!!

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  11. Fantastic photos Les. Amazing little creatures.

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  12. Geeze, we're plum out of caterpillars this year. 20 monarchs was all, and maybe the same black swallowtails. Droughts-ville.

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  13. Butterfly caterpillars are so beautiful and very photogenic. My property is loaded with spice bushes but I have never seen a spice bush swallowtail.

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  14. Wow! I am really amazed on those caterpillars. They are really beautiful up close. Love the colors.

    Shyra @ www.ecarport.com.au/

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  15. Great photos of the cats! Such a close up shot so we can enjoy their beauty. Amazing how they turn into beautiful butterflies...

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  16. The pipevine swallowtail really is a beauty. I never saw that caterpillar before. We don't have its dinner up here.

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  17. Love the fake eyes ... quite spooky.

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  18. Nature produces much better monsters than Hollywood, even if they are tiny!

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