|A Black Swallowtail caterpillar (cat) munches on bronze fennel|
to prepare for the great metamorphosis.
|The opening act for the magic trick.|
Notice the attachment to the stem and the shape of the cat.
|Ta-da! Chrysalis (two) on clumping bamboo.|
Each photo above is of a different cat. Caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly—all stages of metamorphosis in the garden this week.
Please take a look at Randy Emmitt's website for great educational photos and identification of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Although I have many BST cats, I seem to always photograph the similar Pipevine, "dark form" of Eastern Tiger or the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies—but, I never see those cats!
|Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks, copyrights, or patents owned by those respective companies or persons.|