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Spicebush Swallowtail and Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar Eyes

Actually, what look like eyes are not eyes at all. They are skin patterns called ‘false eyes’ - adapted by these caterpillars as a defense against predators. The actual eyes are located in the areas indicated by the green circles.

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