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 Feasting on Parsley
Black swallowtail caterpillar inside a plastic container with parsley.
Black Swallowtail Chrysalis
Black Swallowtail Sept. 9,2014
Black Swallowtail Butterfly resting on my Chocolate Mint.
Second black swallowtail Sept 11,2014