Egg to Caterpillar, Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) | Wildlife Wednesday


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Over a month ago now, I noticed a giant swallowtail ovipositing on the rue. I had bought pots of rue a year or two ago just for this reason and to have another source of food for when they came through and found my citrus instead—it was a place to relocate them as necessary. But in this time I had yet to see any activity on the plant and thought that maybe nothing would come of it after all. But then as I took a break from pulling weeds, sweat rolling down my entire body, I saw an adult visiting and as soon as her abdomen curved I knew it was a female. I watched in awe for a few minutes and after she left I searched for eggs. I found two eggs and later only found one caterpillar. I kept tabs on it for a few days until it too disappeared. We have a healthy wasp population and there are plenty of other predators. I should have opted to raise it in the butterfly tent but I wasn’t in the mood at the time.

Every time I head out to putter in the edible garden I poke around the rue and fennel, still hopeful for more swallowtail eggs.

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One thought on “Egg to Caterpillar, Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) | Wildlife Wednesday

  1. shoreacres says:

    What a cool post! Now I think I may have a photo of a butterfly egg. I’ll have to try and find it. I don’t even remember which plant it was on. All I remember is thinking, “That looks like a tapioca pearl.”

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