Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GB Hatchery: Black Swallowtails

This summer I have enjoyed rearing monarch butterflies again
 as well as eastern black swallowtails!
Swallowtails lay eggs on host plants in the carrot family:
queen anne's lace, dill, fennel, parsley.
It's fascinating to watch them eat and grow as caterpillars and finally form a chrysalis.
This chrysalis turned brown and now looks like a piece of bark.
I'm not sure if it will emerge this year.
Late season swallowtails diapause in the chrysalis stage and overwinter, 
emerging the following spring.
Stay tuned...


donna baker said...

Oh How I love the photo stages of it coccooning.

Unknown said...

What a lovely project!