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What does a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar look like?
Simply so, how long does it take for a swallowtail caterpillar to turn into a butterfly?
Black Swallowtail Life Cycle: Overview and Timings
|Egg stage||Generally 4 to 10 days, depending on temperature and host plant|
|Caterpillar (larval) stage||3 to 4 weeks|
|Chrysalis (pupal) stage||10 to 20 days (except for overwintering pupae)|
|Adult butterfly stage||6 to 14 days|
One may also ask, do swallowtail caterpillars eat each other? Cloudless sulphur caterpillars are well known for cannibalism, out in nature. Even on a large host plant, they often attack and eat other caterpillars. Once they grow to three or four instars, they naturally separate on the plant. Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars are gregarious.
Subsequently, question is, what does a swallowtail butterfly look like?
Swallowtail caterpillars are large and smooth, but they have an orange "horn" that is hidden under the skin of the thorax. They pop it up when they are threatened by predators, and it gives off repellent chemicals. Young caterpillars are black with white spots, and look like bird droppings.
What do you feed a swallowtail caterpillar?
Feed your caterpillar fresh host plant cuttings daily. You can experiment with other plants as well. Black swallowtail caterpillars eat dill, fennel, parsley, and rue. Especially in the later stages of development, caterpillars typically become less picky about what they eat.