Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar - (Battus philenor)
Many butterflies mimic the Pipevine thanks to its reputation for tasting awful at every life stage.
The Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
red body; purple; body; black body; orange body; orange tentacles; bumps; brown; millipede; antennae; orange dots; black head; legs side; orange bumps; brown head; red head; wine; maroon; blood red.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; 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 Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.