Monday, August 26, 2013

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

One morning in June I was outside watering/checking on our garden (which is basically a tomato garden since nothing else apparently wants to grow in that location) when I heard a relatively loud "thunk." I looked around and saw this guy had hit the ground. He must have fallen from a good 20 feet so I'm surprised he made it. After recovering from a moment of shock he began to move and I took him inside for Kennedy and Jackson to inspect (Reagan was in Tennessee with Little Anna).
From our research this appears to be an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar. These particular caterpillars go through five stages beginning with light green and turning darker with each stage. From the pictures we found on line we believe the next stage for this little guy would have been a chrysalis. Sure wish we could have kept him around to see him turn into a butterfly but we didn't want him to die on our watch and so we decided we should probably send him on his way. We took him back outside and deposited him on the trunk of the tree he originally fell out of.
 Letting our caterpillar go

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