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    Queen butterflies are also called Viceroys. i think youll find the second name easier very cool! i only once took in a ceterpillar. it was a big fat Polyphemus moth caterpillar. and it came out of its cocoon almost a month and a half later. wow was that a sight!
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    Back when I was working in Oxnard, CA the migration streams would pass through. When they did the rats in the brush near work would go nuts. For the first few days you would see the rats leaping in the air, out of trees and bushes to snag the butterflies to eat.

    I thought monarchs were supposed to be poisonous or at least unpalatable? Maybe they were viceroys or perhaps that's why the rats stopped their feeding frenzy after a few days.
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    You used to work in Oxnard? I would go there twice a year for several years because I had family there, up until 2 years ago. My friends (in high school) would always make fun of me for going to Oxnard, they would make fun of the name

    Anyway. I found two more caterpillars, but I can't ID these ones either. I thought they may be Black Swallowtail's, but it doesn't seem to match it exactly. Anyone have any ideas on these ones? They were not on my milkweed plant this time, they were on some herbs I have, but I don't know what kind of herbs. Maybe these are going to be moths?




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    I just noticed that they have this orange antenna thing that comes out when you mess with them! It's really weird looking and they can pull it all the way into their head where you don't see it.
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    queens and Viceroys are not the same. Viceroys are nonpoisonus and feed on willow, and the caterpillar is camouflaged. Queen is a close relative to the monarch and is poisonous also, because it also feeds on milkweed.

    The orange antenna things are defiantly a swallowtail characteristic. Did you find the caterpillar on a member of the carrot family? (dill, fennel, parsly?)
    that makes no logic

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    Finch, it looks a lot like parsly but it's not. So I guess yes. I also read about swallowtail's and that they have that orange antenna, but the body doesn't look the same as a swallowtail's.

    Edit: I just looked at more pictures of Swallowtail's and I think that is what I have. I was looking at young ones, but the ones I have are older I guess, so they have more green on them.
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    It turned black! Any time now I'll have a butterfly emerge

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    I MISSED IT! I just HAD to go exercise! I guess I thought it will be black for a whole day before it emerges...I was wrong, lol. Anyway, he/she is very pretty and is drying it's wings now

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