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.

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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.

Martha

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 6:17PM
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biologyteacher60

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
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weed30

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
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

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
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BERGER123(4b-5a)

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

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 1:29PM
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biologyteacher60

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
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Leafhead

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
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angelimperfect36(9)

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
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woollybear69(9b Fla.)

A beautiful caterpillar photo.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2014 at 12:16PM
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