Black Swallowtail cat.

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Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby Russ Emmons » Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:30 pm

Syl brought in a sprig of Parsley from the Garden and this was on it! :o

Since it is Parsley I assume it's a Black Swallowtail caterpillar ---?

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Re: Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby TinaTC » Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:31 pm

Cool!
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Re: Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby MikeW » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:10 pm

Hey Russ,

I looked it up online and your ID seems to be correct. Found this article with some interesting facts and photos.
http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/raising-eastern-black-swallowtail-caterpillars/
By the way...very nice photo.
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Re: Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby SandyLee » Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:08 pm

How cool! Be sure to get a pic of the "Flutter-Bye" eventually too!

Hopefully, Syl didn't cook him up for din! :Y :lol:
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Re: Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby Russ Emmons » Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:12 pm

UPDATE :o

Here's one for the experts. Found this on the Kitchen Window curtains this AM right above where the above cat'. & parsley plant was. It went missing about 2 weeks ago. Do these metamorphosis that quickly? So here it is Sandy :W

We often put a Cat' in a glass jar watch it make a Cocoon, put it aside for the winter then when the butterfly immerges in the spring, release it.

Beautiful creature!

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Black Swallowtail butterfly-- our kitchen
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Re: Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby SandyLee » Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:16 pm

How totally COOL Russ! My "Butterflies of the North Woods" book says that they do have two broods per year...second flight period is Aug-Sept. BTW, what did you do with the original "Cat"? Summer Pupae take about a month... but this one may have been hiding in your house prior to the original.

Second brood will overwinter as a chrysalis, often on the side or ledge of your house!

BEAUTIFUL pics too! :W
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Re: Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby FredZ » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:17 pm

WONDERFUL.
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Re: Black Swallowtail cat.

Postby Russ Emmons » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:24 pm

Sandy-- the original caterpillar shown above went missing shortly after the pic was taken.

Anyhow since it was so cold yesterday we let this butterfly hang around inside on the kitchen window. It seemed sluggish even tho they say it takes several hours for its wings to dry & stretch out as normal. Today it was going to the sun as the sun came in the window flapping its wings. I gently picked it up in the palm of my hand (it let me!) went to the front door & opened it. I held my hand outward outside & it promptly flew way up & all around the front yard before climbing high out of sight :R >>>>> Bon voyage 8-)

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