An eastern black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes asterius, has emerged on my potted parsley! This summer has been very encouraging. Apparently if you plant what native insects want, they'll come.
I planted some parsley in the vegetable garden and some in a big pot on the deck, hoping to create reproductive space for this butterfly, as well to harvest some garnish. I noticed the mature larva, a large, elegant caterpillar, two week ago.
It transformed into a pupa soon afterward.
When I got back from vacation, it had hatched.
|Adult female. Photograph by Donald Hall, University of Florida.|