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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Spicebush Swallowtail

According to University of Kentucky Entomology, the spicebush swallowtail is one of the most common woodland butterflies seen in Kentucky. The caterpillar usually feeds on spicebush and sassafras. This is our first try at raising spicebush butterflies. So far we have had great success with the monarchs and black swallowtails. This is also our first experience raising one from the egg. 

The caterpillar finally emerged yesterday. He is very tiny.

 Hard to believe that in such a short time, he will become this big guy:

Yesterday this one turned an orange-yellow color and was hanging in his harness. When we checked on him this morning, he was in the chrysalis.

In about 10-14 days we should have a beautiful spicebush swallowtail butterfly.

"How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."


pat said...

What a wonderful record! The egg looks like a pearl--and I am sure it was miniscule. Love the large caterpillar shot; those false eyes are a hoot! I am so enjoying your butterfly posts, and how cool for your kids to be able to see the cycle up close.

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Wow this is so cool! I can't wait to see the pictures when he emerges!

Anonymous said...

Great photos. I'm especially impressed with the egg and tiny caterpillar photos. betty


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