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Which Caterpillar Is This? D:

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:01 pm
by Edme1
Okay, so, I found a caterpillar in my backyard. I want to keep it, but I don't know what kind it is, so I can't tell if it will grow huge and fuzzy. :l Could someone help me? It is mostly black with a small white band going around its middle. It has tiny little spikes on its body that seem to be tipped in orange, but I can't be sure. Here's a pic~

http://oi48.tinypic.com/28b5kza.jpg

Sorry about the bad quality of the pic... D: But anyway, does anybody know what type of caterpillar this may be? (I found him on the leafy tops of my carrots.)

Re: Which Caterpillar Is This? D:

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:17 pm
by Croix
What country are you from? I have a few species in mind but they live in completely different parts of the world.

Re: Which Caterpillar Is This? D:

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:24 pm
by Edme1
Croix wrote:What country are you from? I have a few species in mind but they live in completely different parts of the world.
I'm in the midwest United States.

Re: Which Caterpillar Is This? D:

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:33 pm
by Croix
Sounds like you have a very young Black Swallowtail, they are commonly found on carrots and similar vegetables. It probably just hatched. ^^

http://i.pbase.com/o6/48/95248/1/798210 ... j85B.1.JPG
http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/48/95248/1/8272 ... ilMale.jpg
http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/48/95248/1/8254 ... ilFem2.jpg

Re: Which Caterpillar Is This? D:

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:09 pm
by Edme1
Croix wrote:Sounds like you have a very young Black Swallowtail, they are commonly found on carrots and similar vegetables. It probably just hatched. ^^

http://i.pbase.com/o6/48/95248/1/798210 ... j85B.1.JPG
http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/48/95248/1/8272 ... ilMale.jpg
http://ic2.pbase.com/o6/48/95248/1/8254 ... ilFem2.jpg
Thank you so much! :) That first picture looks almost exactly like my mystery caterpillar. Thanks again! <3 I guess this could be locked now; my question has been answered.