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Old 08-19-2013, 02:15 PM   #31
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And I found this little fellow with a couple buddies today on a Tuliptree sapling I planted this spring.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:05 PM   #32
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And I found this little fellow with a couple buddies today on a Tuliptree sapling I planted this spring.

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Lucky duck! That looks like an Eastern tiger swallowtail.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:15 AM   #33
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That would make sense they have been everywhere this year
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Here is a fuzzy little fellow I found this weekend

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They remind me so much of a toothbrush!
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:39 AM   #35
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Lucky duck! That looks like an Eastern tiger swallowtail.
I don't think so. My guide shows their cats to be green. It's more like the Giant swallowtail but those have a spot of white at their rear.
Recurve's is missing that. What's the one they call bird poop cat??? Might be one of those.
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The first three instars of the eastern tiger swallowtail are bird dropping mimics. That one looks pretty small, so it probably is one of the early instars. They turn green at the fourth instar.
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Ahhhh, I knew of the bird dropping mimic but I just couldn't locate it in the guide. Guess I was wrong, yet partially correct.
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You were just ahead of your time, it will turn green.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:43 PM   #39
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The cat on my Tuliptree sapling has turned green as predicted!
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So I guess I have a fourth instar ETST. I think in this picture below he is eating his molted skin. There was a lot more when I first saw him but by the time I ran in and got my camera he had devoured most of it.
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What are you looking at!
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And I found this little fellow with a couple buddies today on a Tuliptree sapling I planted this spring.
I'm jealous. It has been a couple years since I've had a tiger cat.

The moms prefer laying their eggs at the tops of trees but they don't care how tall the tree is. Having short tulip trees makes it easier to find the caterpillars.
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