University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

Mystery Bug Answers


Mystery Picture #10

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The beautiful Tiger Swallowtail butterfly flies by day and sips nectar. This particular group has a long tail that extends from each hind wing. The larval or feeding stage is a dark green caterpillar with 2 large eye spots. The bright yellow and black markings are probably the reason for the common name of this species.

If you would like to attract butterflies like this one to your yard, why not plant a butterfly garden?


Earwigs are a unique group of insects that hide by day and roam by night. Most Earwig species feed on plants or decaying organic matter. The pincer-like tails at the end of the body are the most distinctive feature. Part of their name comes from an old superstition that they enter people's ears.

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