Sulphur's Summer Finale
Until We Meet Again

Lovely Black Swallowtail

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This lovely gal emerged from her chrysalis last week.

 

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A few weeks ago, while searching for milkweed to feed my monarch caterpillars, I accidentally found these beautiful cats and brought them inside.

I found them to be much more efficient eaters than the monarchs...they eat much less and therefore poop much less, and the Queen Anne's lace that they devour is super-easy to find.

 

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Instead of hanging in a "J" formation before creating their chrysalis, the swallowtail caterpillars squeeze up into a comma shape....



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...before making their chrysalis.

It takes a few days longer than the monarchs for the magical transformation to happen inside....

 


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...but it's worth the wait!

This pretty girl (you can tell it's a female by the size of the blue and cream-colored spots) is now flying free around the cabin, and I've gained some new butterfly knowledge.  God's creation never grows old or ceases to amaze.

Lovely black swallowtail.

 

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