With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

See what I found on my parsley?
A colorful caterpillar.
Once it is old enough, it will form a chrysalis.
It will overwinter in the chrysalis, meaning it won't hatch into an adult until Spring. Next year it will look like this butterfly visiting our butterfly bush:



The Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilo polyxenes) is a common swallowtail butterfly. Both male and female Eastern Black Swallowtails are bluish-black with yellow spots on the wings. They also have two orange eyespots with black dots in the middle.

The male has a yellow band on the hindwings with a blue cloud under it. The female has a row of yellow dots above a blue band. It's easiest to remember that males have more yellow, and females have more blue.

Joining Susan@ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

11 comments:

Mildred said...

I love this time of year and all the butterfly activity. Your pictures are so pretty.

NanaDiana said...

Now THAT'S a miracle! Diana

Laurie said...

I never cease to be amazed at God's creation, and your photos convey what a wonder all creation is. Just beautiful!

Susan said...

Great shots again,LDH. I'm glad you found the colorful catapillar before you chopped the parsley up to put in a salad! Ha! Susan

Jennifurla said...

Oh wow, this is such a pretty caterpillar.

Julie Harward said...

Even though we know what we know about it...it still is an unbelievable miracle! :D

Valerie said...

I must not have any near me then as they probably need to overwinter in a warm place, do you think?

Snap said...

gorgeous! (Loved the peaches and the Ina Garten chicken, too!!!) (Can you tell I'm behind and trying to catch up?!!!)

Ann said...

Amazing photos. Love the colors of that caterpillar. The butterfly is just gorgeous.

Linda said...

Great photos...we have Yellow Tiger Swallowtails here, although I never manage to see the catapillers.

happeningswithLana said...

When our two kids were younger we would collect a few caterpillars and put them in a butterfly house and watch them and release the butterflies. Fed them milk weed. Pictures brought back great memories.

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