Finding parsley caterpillars (Black Swallowtails) in the garden is great fun for children and adults like. Even funner is capturing the caterpillars and placing them either in a shoe box or jar with ventilation. I chose to use a piece of window screen for ventilation for my caterpillar over this jar. The caterpillar was quite large when I captured him, and ate more parsley for about two more days then changed into a chrysalis. Within 10 days the butterfly had metamorphosed into the beautiful swallowtail you see above.
This butterfly was anxious to fly away, and that is just what I allowed it to do. Fly away little butterfly to make more caterpillars for another day.
in the garden....
Tomorrow is our Vegetable Garden Update. If you post on vegetables why not post on the 20th as well? Join Skeeter and I on a Veggie Garden Update Post on the 20th. No comments or back linking necessary. Hope to see all your veggies tomorrow.