Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly


Part of most land trusts advocacies are efforts to secure habitat for the local creatures, especially the rare species like the spicebush plant upon which the spicebush swallowtail butterfly lays its eggs, and which also provides food for their caterpillars. Here, we see something that hasn’t been seen by too many eyes. This is the 5th and final instar molt of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly caterpillar eating its way towards soon-to-be pupation, or chrysalis formation, leading up to the metamorphosis to the beautiful spicebush butterfly.

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