Following the Stages of the Black Swallowtail

Several caterpillars appeared on my parsley plants. I noticed that the parsley was almost gone, so I made a trip to the grocery store to buy some organic parsley. I brought the remaining caterpillars inside my house and placed them in the container with parsley. I continued to add parsley until they morphed into chrysalis. Once they were both in the chrysalis stage, I took the container out on my back porch where it was protected, but they were back amongst my herbs where they started. They each took 9 days to complete this stage. They emerged 2 days apart! Happily I was able to enjoy seeing each of them before they took flight into the world!

Black swallowtail Fesating on Parsley

Black Swallowtail Feasting on Parsley

Black swallowtail caterpillar inside a plastic container with parsley.

Black swallowtail caterpillar inside a plastic container with parsley.

black swallowtail chrysalis

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis

Black Swallowtail Sept. 9,2014

Black Swallowtail Sept. 9,2014

Butterfly on Chocolate Mint

Black Swallowtail Butterfly resting on my Chocolate Mint.

second black swallowtail Sept 11,2014

Second black swallowtail Sept 11,2014

Happiness is new blooms in the yard!

 I rediscovered today that everyone needs an activity/hobby/exercise that makes you stop worrying and you just enjoy life for a little bit of time. Today mine was watering my flower beds and then taking pictures of my Obedient flowers. They die back and come back every year from their roots and burst into bloom in late August! I love annuals! Enjoy!

Obedient Flowers 2014

Obedient Flowers in Front Yard 2014

Hummingbird Visitor


Black Chinned female hummingbird

This Black-Chinned Hummingbird(female) had visited my yard the evening before, choosing to taste the Turks Cap blossoms. I was unable to capture the moment, so I was delighted the next morning when it returned to my yard. It visited my Turks Cap again and my Rose of Sharon. Alas, this is the only photo I was able to snap before it dashed away! The Black-Chinned Hummingbirds fly zone is from the Southern United States and Mexico through British Columbia.



I love when my Lantana returns each spring – so do the butterflies. Now it is July and there aren’t many flowers due to the daytime temps being above 95! The great thing about Lantana is the blooms will return when the weather cools back down to the daytime highs of 80s and then the butterflies will have lots of new flowers!

Lantana in Bloom

Lantana in Bloom – May 2014

Lantana and Butterfly

Lantana and Butterfly – June 2014


Butterfly on Lantana – June 2014