|Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly on Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Plumbago)|
I was hoping she would find the pot of parsley on my deck.
As you can see, she did! Or if it wasn't her, it was one of her counterparts, a black swallowtail or eastern swallowtail butterfly. I have seen all 3 varieties at one time or another.
I found 6 of these little pearl-like eggs!
The next day--just yesterday--I went to check on them, and they looked like this.
Overnight, the caterpillars inside grew so much the eggs looked like drops of mercury upon the leaves!
Yesterday afternoon, I checked on them again.
Can you believe that during the day, those cats had eaten through the egg casing and were sitting on the leaves, munching away?! They were no more than 1/8th of an inch in size. Guess how many I counted? TEN! Those eggs are so tiny I apparently missed some when I first counted--even with my reading glasses on;-)
I will be watching these babies as they grow, and hope that they will survive and become large swallowtail cats, then pupate, and become butterflies themselves. I will try to take pictures as it happens, but I am going to be away from home on and off and may end up missing some of it. I'll certainly document what I see while I'm here, though! *These cats are Black Swallowtails, so the Spicebush Swallowtail pictured above is NOT their mama (thanks to Randy of Randy and Meg's Garden Paradise).
Hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Today I am thankful for the small miracles that happen every day!
Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble