Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Magnificent Metamorphosis
For several years now I've planted parsley for the sole purpose of attracting the black swallowtail butterfly to my gardens. This year I added fennel which they seemed to prefer over the parsley.
I think the birds must be eating the caterpillars because I see them for a couple of days and then they are gone. It is alarming to me the odds these creatures face. I guess that is part of the reason I am in awe whenever I see a butterfly in my garden.
Each year I bring a few into the house to watch this amazing metamorphosis up close.
I was beginning to wonder if these two were going to emerge this summer.
It is so fascinating to me that the chrysalis can be different colors.
After they emerge from the chrysalis, I remove them from the container, get a few pictures, and let them go. Amazing!