Spicebush Swallowtail

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... Continue Reading →

Black Swallowtail unfurled

Finally metamorphosed Remember that little Black Swallowtail caterpillar I kept in the house since August?  The one that crawled from the living room dill plant up the curtain and turned into a chrysalis, suspended from our curtain for weeks?  I gave up on it after a few weeks.  I read somewhere that a chrysalis would... Continue Reading →

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis

He transformed overnight. After he had been suspended in caterpillar form from our curtain for a couple of days, he transformed into a chrysalis overnight.  He looks like a piece of bark hanging off the curtain with a little silk thread.  I just hope I won't come home and find a butterfly flying around the... Continue Reading →

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