21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Eastern Giant Swallowtail Defense

Swallowtail caterpillars possess the amazing defense mechanism of flicking out a foul-smelling organ that looks like a snake tongue to scare off predators. Evidently my camera was a bit too scary for this individual to ignore, making for a great opportunity to capture such a cool scene.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Muskego, wi, United States of America
Camera: E-M1MarkII
Copyright: © Benjamin Gauthier