Here’s the first for my new series – I’m calling the series Flutterby and Flower because all the hashtags with butterfly were already taken on social media sights! This one is the Black Swallowtail on wild carrot (queen-anne’s-lace) – it likes anything in the parsley family: celery, dill, cilantro, etc. I grow these in my garden every year- as much for the butterflies as myself!
The caterpillar starts out black and spiky when it’s small. It has the two orange horns – osmeterium – scent glands that stay retracted unless threatened. The chrysalis starts out green and then turns clear and shows the compact butterfly. This illustration shows the male adult – females show less of the yellow markings. ….I’m realizing now the reason there are no comprehensive field guides out there – there are just too many things to show for each butterfly!