Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar - (Papilio glaucus)
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar stares right back at you with its clear eyespots.
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
green; brown; bulge; hump; swollen; fleshy; smooth; eyes; eyespot on side; yellow necklace; yellow band; brown; white; bird droppings; speckled body; big head; yellow antennae; gray head; brown head; green head; small blue dots.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas;Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.