Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chrysalis number 1!

All 4 are in position

All 4 of the caterpillars seem to be ready to pupate. Not sure what they're waiting on!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Count Down to Chrysalis

Two of the caterpillars have climbed on to the sticks we have them. We are hoping to see them pupate soon!

Sunday, May 13, 2012


They should be getting close to pupating. It's shocking how fast they grow & how much they poop!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Eating his own skin!

Waste not!

Caught #3 in the act!

The third one just molted, & I was able to watch. It was a surprisingly quick process!

This is a series of pictures of the last part of the molting:

Caterpillar just molted!

This one just molted. His old skin is visible just underneath him. This one is the second largest of the four caterpillars we have. It loos like a third one is just getting ready to molt.

The caterpillars are growing!

This is the largest of the caterpillars. They are growing so fast!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Growing Caterpillars

They are growing & eating!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

I brought in several caterpillars last night before a rain storm. I feared they might get washed away. They are happily munching on the fennel that came inside with them. It's amazing how quickly they grow. Everyone is exited about seeing the butterfly life cycle again this year!

In the picture, you can see one of the larger ones & another smaller one in the back ground.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Caterpillars on our Fennel!!

We have black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on our fennel! At first, I thought we had only three. When I went back, I saw quite a few more plus additional eggs. I don't think the fennel will last long, but it's going to be awesome to see them grow!

Four pictures of the tiny eggs: