Asked June 11, 2019, 3:12 PM EDT

We found this caterpillar in our back yard. What kind of caterpillar is it? I

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like a caterpillar of one of the swallowtail butterflies. In certain stages of their lifecycle, the caterpillars mimic bird droppings as a protection mechanism from predators.