I had 2 big black tubs planted with parsley, trying to draw the Eastern Black Swallowtail to my yard. It is their host plant.
I wasn’t having any luck and decided I’d rather have bee plants in those tubs…so dug them up and gave all the parsley to my friend and neighbor, Debbie. Well…..guess what she has…..lots of Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars, chrysalis and butterflies.
This is a chrysalis she gave me….so very different from the Monarch’s or Queen’s. This is hung by two points, and makes me think of a seashell. It was green yesterday…now it is empty.
Such a beautiful butterfly. It is now enjoying the great outdoors.
Two days ago this was the about the size of the one behind it, and the holes in the leaves are growing along with the caterpillars. Each day when I check them I am amazed at how big they’ve gotten. They are little eating machines…then they rest…shed their skin….and start eating again…each time they shed it seems they double in size.
Wont be much longer and some will be going to the top and pupating. I’ve video of a pupating caterpillar on the blog. Just go to the “search this blog” box at the top right and put in “pupating caterpillar” and it will bring up several posts. The one on 2.22.13 has the video at the end of the post. Hope you enjoy it.