Days after I was moaning about seeing no butterflies in my garden, a big rain came – and soon afterwards came three butterflies. One was an Eastern Black Swallowtail, and I watched her lay eggs in a small pot of parsley. My first thought was: I’m gonna need a bigger parsley! Because, last year, I got to see swallowtails as they grew and grew and grew. The last instar or stage is in the picture above. And this post is a stage-by-stage view of how it got there.
I know that I’ll be getting more herbs for my hatched eggs to eat – anything in the carrot family, but dill and parsley are favourites. There’s plenty for me in the grocery store, if I need it. But butterflies can only go shopping in our gardens. Let’s let them have all they want!
Cursor over the last two pictures to see the captions, or click any image for the slideshow. For more information about the lifecycle of this beautiful butterfly, here’s a link to the Canadian Wildlife Federation. And, because I can’t get enough of those butterflies, here’s another.
How about you? Are you sharing your herbal wealth with any caterpillars this year?