Wild NCC

Black swallowtail caterpillar

(Papilio polyxenes)

The photo shows the pupa stage of this insect. It goes through complete metamorphosis to become a butterfly. Its habitat can be open areas like fields, gardens, waste areas and marshes. The length of this caterpillar is 79- 113 mm. The wingspan of the butterfly is 8-11 cm. Abdomen has rows of yellow dots. Near the hind wing, a black pupil is centered in a larger red-orange eyespot. Females have rows of yellow spots and males have bands of yellow.