Monday, September 22, 2008

Swallowtail Caterpillar (Pterourus glaucus)

As a follow-up to my prior post of the beautiful Swallowtail butterfly, the fennel in the pot on my deck is now covered with these attractive Swallowtail caterpillars. The photo doesn't fully capture the vibrant contrast between the black, white, and green stripes and the iridescent yellow spots that make these caterpillars even more flamboyant than the monarch caterpillars (pictured in a prior post).

4 comments:

June said...

Yhis is a gorgeous photo! It's the color, the blur and the caterpillar's sensuous curve. June

heirloomgardener said...

June,

Given the beauty of your photography, that is quite a compliment. Thank you.

-Heirloom Gardener

Hortus Carmeli said...

How good to know it finally what this animal is! If I see well, it is on a fennel. At us it goes mad for the fennel. It is so wonderful animal that although it devored a lot of fennel, I did no harm to it. I'm happy of having done so. Your image is very attractive!
Kata

heirloomgardener said...

Kata,

Yes, the caterpillar is on the fennel. In fact, I grow the fennel to attract them!

-Heirloom Gardener

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