4/28/2011: twelve caterpillars found on mother plant

In spite of poor weather, and no pipevine swallotails visible in the yard, some female stopped by to lay eggs a few weeks ago. I was surprised one morning to see a cluster of small caterpillars on our main mother plant (aristolochia californica). I picked 12 and have them in special raising boxes.

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillar

This critter is about 3/8" long.

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