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)
The eggs look like tiny pearls.
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.
Pawpaws have edible fruit.
Pawpaws have beautiful maroon flowers.
Here is a zebra swallowtail caterpillar on a pawpaw leaf.
Be sure to look closely. Check the underside of leaves because that is where they usually are hiding.
So exciting when you find one!
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.