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Sunday, 17 August 2008

Thanks for the help guys !


I want to thank all of the people who responded to my post asking what this little guy was. I am now the proud mom of a Black Swallowtail caterpillar who seems to love my curly parsley. I have a few pots on this poor old deck and how it got there I didn't get the chance to see but wow ! I am very glad .. now my question is does it spend the winter in a cocoon in this pot ? .. I need to know so I won't dump the pot .. heaven knows I may have done THAT for years without a clue that there was a special life living on the plant .. yikes !!!! Curly Parsley upper right hand corner. Home of guest !

9 comments:

Roses and stuff said...

He's cute!
/Katarina

GardenJoy4Me said...

Katarina .. I really hope to see him through to a gorgeous butterfly ! : )

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Hi joy, I think thay guy maybe close to the last enstar. Is it about two inches long? If so it is ready to make a crysalis. Put a stick in the pot so it can hang on it and make the cacoon. They hand upside down in a J shape. It should be in the cacoon for 8 to 12 days. If it were closer to winter, it could over winter in it. I like butterflys just a little. Can you tell?

Nancy J. Bond said...

He's a beauty, and will soon morph into something even more spectacular!

Anna said...

I don't know but isn't he a handsome fellow! I do have some black swallowtails but they are already flying around and living large.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Anna .. that is what worries me .. will this guy get out in time before the snow blows or does he wait ?
Nothing like loads of butterflies dancing in your garden !

Nancy ... I'm like an expectant mom .. I can't wait to see what happens !!!

Debbie ! .. so does this mean he can make it out before winter ? will he have time enough ? .. yes ! I saw the sticks in other pictures so I am going to put one in pronto .. hey girl .. Thank You !

Rose said...

I'm not a big fan of "worms," but this guy would be welcomed in my garden. Hope you show us some pictures when he grows up!

VP said...

That's going to be one hell of a butterfly!

Hope to find you in my garden soon!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hey VP ! .. I'm trying girl ! ... and I am in awe of this little guy .. so many years of planting what i know they like but finally now one pops up ? LOL

Rose I check on him every day .. and I put a proper stick in the pot for him to consider "sticking" himself to for the big CHANGE ! hope he does ! : )