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Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar | by Jersey Camera
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Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

It was quite a surprise to find this caterpillar in a neighbor's herb garden in September. The information that I have on this species says the caterpillar starts off black with a white band and after shedding its skin a few times looks like this. There were quite a few caterpillars in the herbs. I think one of its previous skins is hanging on the stalk.

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Taken on September 19, 2012