Four black swallowtail caterpillars found their way into Joe’s bughouse a few weeks ago. We fed them from the plant we found them on and watched them grow and grow…and grow!
The biggest one made a chrysalis first followed by two more a few days later. Our teeny tiny guy ate his way steadily through the dill we’d stuffed the house with until, tired from all his munching, he joined the others and made a chrysalis.
A few days ago, the first chrysalis started to wiggle and wobble.
We’ve been watching it off and on, hoping to watch the beautiful swallowtail emerge. We never did get to see them make their chrysalis. We turned our back and poof! it was made.
The chrysalis went from bright green to a faded dull pea green as it shook and twitched.
Wibble, wobble, twitch
A butterfly breaking free
Emerges and flys