Caterpillar Identification Guide

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Caterpillar for Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Common Name: Spicebush Swallowtail


Genus: Papilio
Species: trailus
Common Name: American Lady
Group: Swallowtails
Host Plants: Joe-Pye weed, jewelweed and honeysuckle.

Caterpillar for Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Common Name: Giant Swallowtail


Genus: Papilio
Species: cresphontes
Group: Swallowtails
Host Plants: Prickly ash and Hoptree .

Caterpillar for Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Common Name: Black Swallowtail


Genus: Papilio
Species: polyxenes
Group: Swallowtails
Host Plant: Alexanders - Heart-leaved golden alexander, Golden alexander, Yellow pimpernel, Sweet cicely, Rattlesnake master and Angelica.

Caterpillar for Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Common Name: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Genus: Papilio
Species: glaucus
Group: Swallowtails
Host Plant: Wild cherry, Magnolia or Cucumber tree, Basswood, Tulip tree, Birch, Ash, Cottonwood, American mountain ash, and Willow..
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