Hunting for Zebra Swallowtail Eggs and Caterpillars

Make your own fun. Go out and hunt for zebra swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on pawpaw trees! You will first need to find pawpaw trees: Asimina triloba . Here in Southern Maryland, they are common in damp forests.(See pictures below)

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly Eggs

The eggs look like tiny pearls.

Pawpaw Tree Leaf

Pawpaw leaves usually get wider towards the tip and this reminds me of a stylized puppy dog’s ears. This might help you remember the name pawpaw because dogs have paws.

Pawpaw Asimina-triloba Fruit

Pawpaws have edible fruit.

Pawpaw tree flowers Asimina triloba

Pawpaws have beautiful maroon flowers.

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar on pawpaw

Here is a zebra swallowtail caterpillar on a pawpaw leaf.

Found Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar small

Be sure to look closely. Check the underside of leaves because that is where they usually are hiding.

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar

So exciting when you find one!

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

The adult zebra swallowtail butterfly.

Pawpaw trees can be found growing in the following states: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV.

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