While it has not been as productive as last year, this butterfly season has been equally as fascinating. We have enjoyed caring for the eggs and caterpillars provided to us by our neighbor, Betty Hall. We even had a couple of surprises of our own, finding our first caterpillars on the parsley we planted last summer. Still no luck with our spicebush and new milkweed plants. We have had visitors so we are sure it is just a matter of time before we see eggs.
Our first "home-grown" black swallowtail.
At this stage they are basically eating machines so have lots of parsley on hand! Fortunately it doesn't last long as they slow down to begin their dramatic transformation.
Our Butterfly Factory