Yesterday afternoon as I was walking up the porch steps to the in-laws I saw this crawling about.
I wish I would’ve taken more time to get a better photo of this dude. I thought I’d try again today. But today he’s turned almost completely brown and is hugging a dead leaf pretty hard. He’s going to turn into a Yellow Swallowtail butterfly! I’d never seen one of these before. I took him inside the in-laws and he kept crawling around and raising his head up. He looked like a snake or a fish at certain times. He also had a red or orange tongue like thing that he would show us every now and then. Creepy! Definitely a weird little caterpillar.
These caterpillars are found in town, in areas that are older with mature trees which describes where we live. I also learned that they are seldom seen and usually move about and feed at night. We had a windy afternoon yesterday (sort of like today) so I’m guessing he was on a leaf that was blown out of a tree. I also learned that these caterpillars are usually not around after September. I’m guessing since we’ve had such a warm fall so far, this is why he was out and about. I’ll post some more photos as he moves through his changes. How cool is this?