Back to the Butterflies

A few weeks ago I wrote that the only thing that was growing in my vegetable/herb garden was a fine crop of swallowtail caterpillars.

Black Swallowtail caterpillar

caterpillar

I saw a caterpillar hanging on my rainbarrel so ran into get my camera since I thought he might be starting his chrysalis.  By the time I got the camera and the film of humidity had evaporated from the lens, the chrysalis was already formed.  I was surprised at how quickly it took place.

Chrysalis

Terry and I watched the chyrsalis for 8 days and while we weren’t looking, the butterfly escaped!

empty chrysalis

I was disappointed but a few days later, I saw two swallowtail butterflies that had just emerged from their chrysalises. Pretty cool.

Swallowtail Butterfly

I’ve had a bunch of swallowtails hanging out.  Here’s some photos.  Or these could just be the same butterfly on different flowers.  

swallowtail butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

 Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Pretty, Pretty, Pretty.

 

 

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