Did you know that these guys always choose parsley, fennel, Queen Anne's Lace or anything related to that family of plants to roost on and eat? They fill themselves to the brim, sleep awhile, wake up and politely shall we say get rid of everything in their digestive tract? My poor parsley plant LOLOLOL Oh well, maybe a little fall fertilizer? Then they crawl off to find a nice stick or tree branch, molt and clean that up by eating it - OH YUCK! Then spin silk threads around themselves and pupate for 9-11 days before they turn into
Black Swallowtail Butterflies. Isn't that the coolest? And we were honored to provide them the first part of their journey. I sure hope they pick somewhere in our yard to pupate so we can hopefully see them fly for the first time. And I know you may not believe this but see those little things hanging down at the bottom of the butterfly - yep, cowboy boots! Really!