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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

July 21st, 2013 by Lila Steinhoff

Caterpillar Issues

If you remember, I wrote about what I thought were  Monarch caterpillars eating my parsley.

Black Swallowtail caterpillars

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

It turned out that they were Black Swallowtail caterpillars. They look very much like Monarchs… same size and color, but the striping is slightly different.


Shortly after I discovered the caterpillars, I found a chrysalis in the same parsley patch.

Black Swallowtail chrysalis

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis

About 10 days or two weeks later, I found the empty chrysalis. I did not see the butterfly, but today, I saw another Black Swallowtail in my yard.

Black Swallowtail

black swallotailBlack Swallowtail Moth

The caterpillars ate a lot of my parsley, but it grows fast. I am willing to share in order to see something so beautiful.



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