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Palamedes Swallowtail Caterpillar Papilio palamedes


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Family: Papilionidae, Swallowtails view all from this family

Description The larva is green with two false eye spots on the thorax. It has a few blue spots on the first abdominal segment to the eighth segment. It also lives in a leaf shelter. (The larva is almost identical to the caterpillar of the Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) except the Spicebush Swallowtail larva has larger false eyes, larger blue spots, and has different host plant preferences. The green chrysalis has a whitish lateral stripe edged with brown above and has two horns on the head. The chrysalis hibernates. The Palamedes Swallowtail has 2-3 broods per year.

Dimensions Caterpillar, to 2" (51 mm).

Habitat Forests & woodlands, Freshwater swamps, marshes & bogs, Meadows & fields.

Range Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes, Texas, Florida, Plains.