Monday, July 11, 2016

Swallowtail Redux

I don't know if it is the same one (wouldn't that be cool) but I saw a Black Swallowtail butterfly flitting about our gardens.

It was looking for plants where it could do this.

She would seemingly float from plant to plant, landing briefly, tasting it with her feet, checking to see if it was suitable. She'll only lay her eggs on plants that the caterpillars can eat. Clearly this dill plant tasted right. As did the parsley and rue plants in our yard.

Eggs last from four to nine days. After which a caterpillar will emerge and begin to devour the host plant. I'll be keeping an eye, and a lens, on these two.

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