The Contemplative Worm (Black Swallowtail caterpillar)

black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) caterpillar on a parsely stem

A black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) caterpillar, a.k.a. the parsley worm, grasps a parsley stem in front of “fields” of more parsley.

One of my favorites, the black swallowtail caterpillar is a wonder of which the word “worm” is unbefitting. Much too cool — and segmented! — for that. Although honestly I can’t see him going to a hookah bar either, Alice. (Is hookah actually cool?) Black and white version after the break.

(P.s. You may have seen this “worm” before. I think I like the cat’ standing straight up better.)

black swallowtail Papilio polyxenes caterpillar on parsely in black and white

Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) caterpillar in black and white.


7 thoughts on “The Contemplative Worm (Black Swallowtail caterpillar)

    1. Pat, I’m cheating all the time! The magnificent parsley patch in the backyard wasn’t so magnificent last year, so I didn’t see any last summer (well I saw a couple in the early stages at a park on Queen Anne’s lace which they also eat).

      And just so you know, it’s 28˚F this morning in Western Mass, lightly snowing with a thin blanket sticking on the foot or two of snow still covering most areas. Gonna be a while until we get much in the way of caterpillars here. :o)

      1. Um, you’re welcome? Lol

        It’s actually starting to warm up a bit, but Old Man Winter is giving us a couple final salvos before he takes his short summer nap. I actually saw a couple flies this past week, so we have to be getting close…we have to be (he said in his desperate voice). :)

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