What I love most about having a butterfly garden is watching the swallowtail caterpillars munching on the fennel as they grow enormously fat! I've taken several caterpillars and brought them inside to watch them more closely and be sure they aren't eaten by predators or washed away in a thunderstorm.
My Butterfly Garden...
This is the fennel where the swallowtails lay their eggs.
Swallowtail caterpillars eating the fennel.
The black caterpillar with the white dot is an early instar that later morphs into the green, black and yellow.
Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars in my home...
Below are pictures of the swallowtail nursery in my office. Once the caterpillars purge the green icky blob they will be moved to the "gizmos" on the shelf to pupate.
How to know when the caterpillars are ready to pupate and how to make a gizmo for them:
Swallowtail Life Cycle...
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