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."