Butterflies have chosen my garden in which to hatch this summer. We had at least two batches of Black Swallowtail butterflies like these that chose fennel plants as food.
|Black Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars on fennel|
|Black Swallowtail Butterfly adult|
On the Butterfly Weed, Monarch butterflies laid eggs. After munching away on the plant for a couple of weeks, the caterpillars climbed to several different spots: on the fence, pictured below, on branches of bushes, and even on the electrified chicken fence, to form chrysalises. The one below had hung on the fence for a couple of weeks, and waited there until it was time to leave the chrysalis. This simple creature knows the appointed time for its emergence, and it will not rush.
|Monarch Butterfly caterpillar the day before it emerged as an adult|
|24 hours later|
The chrysales in the above two pictures are of the same butterfly; I had to put a piece of paper behind the second one so the camera would focus on the detail of the wings and not the house. (I used my phone).
The butterfly above is from the same batch of caterpillars, but it's not the same one pictured above in the chrysalis. Although I visited the butterfly pictured in the chrysalis every 15 minutes to half an hour, it didn't decide to emerge until we had to leave the house for a couple of hours in midafternoon, so I got no pictures of it emerging.
|The same butterfly above from a different angle has more fully emerged|
|Another new butterfly; note the wrinkled wings|
|We didn't notice this one, in a antique rose bush I rooted from one at my grandmother's home, until we saw the orange wings.|
|We found the one from the chrysalis photos resting in the pine straw when we came home from our errands.|