Julee S

Wildlife - Black swallowtail caterpillars


These are black swallowtail caterpillars that were on my parsley at the end of last year. I had over 60 in all and kept them alive through a cold snap with a box and light over the plants. I really enjoyed watching the female lay the eggs, then the caterpillars hatch and grow and then disappear to winter over as chrysalis.
Wildlife - Black Swallowtail caterpillars.

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  • Diana H
    on Jun 29, 2014

    I've always just picked them off the grass and put them on my shrubs near the house... they form the chrysalis on the side of the house, then we have beautiful butterflies....The caterpillars are reddish orangey and the butterflies are black.... Thru the years I taught my kids and now my grandkids to help mother nature by picking them up and putting them near the house instead of running them over with the lawnmower.....

  • Leza
    on Sep 21, 2014

    Raising butterflies is addictive and rewarding! :-D Thanks so much for taking care of these Black Swallowtails. They were the first species we began raising indoors many years ago! :-)

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