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I just purchased a Spicebush Swallowtail pupa/cocoon and its suposed emerge in a couple of weeks. Any tips?


I need tips that I can use to help raise my Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly after it has emerged from its pupa/cocoon.

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2 Responses to “I just purchased a Spicebush Swallowtail pupa/cocoon and its suposed emerge in a couple of weeks. Any tips?”

  1. Zaarenoc

    Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly Larvae
    Larva are smooth and green with a pair of eyespots on the sides near the head. The spots are yellow to orange with blue centers and are rimmed with black. There are a pair of fleshy, odoriferous structures on the top backside of the head. Larvae usually live in a folded leaf and feed on spicebush, sassafras, sweet bay, prickly ash and other shrubs. Larvae pupate on the host plant and overwinter in the pupal stage. There are two to three broods a year, depending on the climate.

    The adults emerge in late April to early May. They are often called green clouded or green spotted swallowtails since the male’s hindwing has a pronounced greenish tone. Forewings are dark green or almost black with yellow marginal spots while the hindwings are bluish green with marginal spots tinted with green. There are orange spots on the hindwing margins. They are active, steady fliers and seldom alight.

    NOTE: Additional caterpillars can be identified by checking in a Golden Guide booklet entitled “Butterflies and Moths” published by Golden Press of New York or in either of the Peterson Field Guides: “A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Eastern North America” or “A Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America,” published by Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston.

  2. Brenda T

    If it is already in a chrysalis stage (no longer a caterpillar), there is nothing you need to do besides wait and have patience! Once it emerges, you can give it an hour or two to acclimate and pump blood through its wings and then the best thing you can do is release it :)

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