I saw a Black Swallowtail flying around the yard one day so I bought a couple Parsley Plants for it to lay on. Only had one caterpillar so there must have been an egg on the plant when I bought them. They were small plants and it ate one almost completely up.
The second one had time to grow.
We got back from our boat trip (www.alwayslingerawhile.blogspot.com) and I spotted 3 caterpillars on it. Here are two.
We also found several eggs…looks like I may have to buy more caterpillar food. I counted 10 just on this part of the plant.
I have some sprouting in my milkweed bed but they are tiny.
I took this 2 days later….they are growing up.
I have 2 Passion Flower plants for the Zebra Longwings and Gulf Fritillary's. This is a Longwing.
She lays her eggs on the tips of the vine. …in large clusters. There are 4 0r 5 that have already hatched.
This is what it looks like when they all hatch. I think there are at least 20.
This one is almost ready to find a place to become a chrysalis.
Not a very good photo but this is what it will become.
This is the Gulf Fritillary.
This is the underside…it’s beautiful…painted kind of like a clown face.
She lays one egg on a leaf…sometimes 2 but never in a cluster like the Zebra Longwing. This one is almost grown.
4 small ones.
They hang in a “J” …then shed their skin and end up a Chrysalis.
and this is their Chrysalis…similar to the Longwing’s
I like having all the butterflies…but I love the caterpillars more.
I grow Tropical milkweed and Giant milkweed for the Monarchs and Queens….Passion Flower Vine for the Zebra Longwings and Gulf Fritillaries…and now I’ve added Parsley for the Black Swallowtails.