Butterfly larva ID

biologyteacher60July 22, 2014

I think this May be a giant swallow tail larva, but not sure. I found it on one of my Rue plants. He looks like a bird dropping.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I think you are correct. That looks like a GST to me. Though I've never seen one, except here in pictures. I'm jealous. My rue is just tiny seedlings.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 6:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It will be my first, Martha. It's also my first year to plant Rue. I'm excited!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 7:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

That is most definitely a GST! I have been lucky enough to find some on my rue too, and then this year on my wafer ash.
Just so you know, they eat very slowly, and rest a lot. Unlike BSTs who are voracious little piggies.

You are in for a treat when he or she finally ecloses, they are stunning!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 7:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hee, congrats, I've had them a couple of times in my life on various plants. I find the adult to look awkward and bulky, but still glad to see them.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 7:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Your so lucky that you found him/her I wish they came this far north.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 1:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm so glad to find out they eat slowly, weed30. I have been worried about him. Does anyone know how long it takes to pupate? I want to make sure I have enough rue.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 5:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

They spend two days in each instar and at least five days in the fifth instar. Keep that Rue comin'...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 6:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Interesting. So pretty. I planted my first rue plants too as soon as I saw the GST. And got 8 cats. Sadly 7 died from wasps eating them I was able to save one and raise it in butterfly
House. To my surprise, it wasn't a GST. It was eastern black swallowtail because it changed color when it got older. But as a baby looked like a bird poop heh

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 10:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
woollybear69(9b Fla.)

A beautiful caterpillar photo.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2014 at 12:16PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Found a tagged Monarch today
It was on some Milkweed flowers. I could see a white...
Butterflies in my house - what should I do?
I found a cabbage white fluttering between the inner...
Starting to look good in the south U.S.A....
Yesterday and today I saw butterflies here in my "yard". Actually...
Monsanto and monarchs
Commercial grown Milkweed
Sponsored Products
Blushing Butterflies 5x5x4.5 Drum Shade Set of 6 (Clip-On)
Lamps Plus
Visit Locking Wall-Mount Mailbox
Signature Hardware
Minka Lavery | Uchiwa Ceiling Fan
$599.95 | YLighting
Copper Envelope Wall Mailbox
Grandin Road
Marli Bottle Opener in Gift Box by Alessi
$31.00 | Lumens
Chatham Chrome Three-Light Bath Fixture with Flat White Opal Glass
$81.98 | Bellacor
Enlightenment Throw Pillow Cover
$29.99 | Dot & Bo
Science of Sleep Back Sleeper Pillow
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™