Healthy Caterpillar, Captivating Chrysalis

     I watched this black swallowtail caterpillar feasting on fennel for a few days. My herbs are on my back porch. Yesterday it attached itself to the fennel plant and it took all day and didn’t complete its transformation into a chrysalis until after dark! On this relatively cool June morning in North Texas, it is now a beautiful chrysalis! It is just so amazing and fascinating to watch this process!  

Black Swallowtail Butterfly May 2013

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar on Fennel May 2013

Turning into a chrysalis June 2013

Turning into a chrysalis June 1,2013

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis June 2013

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis June 2,2013