Flutterby and Flower #1

dsc_2969Here’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! dsc_2965

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!

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