First Appearance in Our Garden
We have two types of Swallowtail butterfly in our garden every summer, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) and the Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes). I raised a Black Swallowtail caterpillar in the house last year hoping to see it’s stages of transformation. It became a butterfly in early winter which was too late to find food anywhere aside from what bloomed in the basement. He was clearly a late bloomer, if you’ll pardon the play on words. I hope to do it again this year but earlier in the season. I have been looking for a caterpillar up and down the Dills and Parsleys, their favorite food, but have seen none so far. I guess the birds have done too good of a job.
To my delight last week, I spotted a black-winged swallowtail. When I looked closely however, it turned out to be a Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus). This is the first time I have seen a Spicebush Swallowtail in the garden. I saw another one yesterday. It’s a great addition to our garden, but I still miss the Black Swallowtail , none of whom have shown themselves yet this year. I still have my hopes up though since it’s only August.