09.09.2022 Beauty on a Parsley Sprig

We grow some parsley in a long rectangular pot alongside my small cactus collection on a table in the yard. It’s been a few years since we had these larvae but yesterday I found this one and it’s still munching away today.

Black Swallowtail-Papilio polyxenes

Now I would be even more tickled than with the emerald if I got a shot of one of these as an adult.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 09.09.2022 Beauty on a Parsley Sprig

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    You’ll have to keep an eye out for its chrysalis. I found one on a beet leaf about 10 feet from the dill plants, so they will travel far to find the right spot. Yours could end up anywhere! I’m wondering if this brood is the one that overwinters?

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    • I’m guessing it is the overwintering brood. There is a lot growing near the table where the parsley planter resides so I think it’ll be luck if I do find it. I probably should have made an enclosure.


  2. That’s a pretty picture. Let’s hope the subject delivers more of them.

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  3. Beautiful larva, so colorful, eating the garden.

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    • I suppose if we had an enormous number of caterpillars eating our harvest we’d be a bit more upset but for the few we do get it is a pleasure to see them rather than a bother. Especially when they are as beautiful as this one.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Very nice. I hope you get some views of the adult, as well, as they’re just as gorgeous.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    It looks like it’s wearing spats on its little feet.

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  6. Hope you can keep track of it and show its progress. 🙂

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  7. Wally Jones says:

    That truly is a beauty!

    We’ve been seeing the adults, as well as some of its dark swallowtail relatives, in profusion the past few days. Somehow, dozens of butterflies scattering as you walk down a path makes the day a better one.

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    • I’ve never experienced being swarmed by butterflies with the exception of the Magic Wings Butterfly House. That would be an awesome experience in the wild.
      I am hoping to see this as an adult but there are predators galore out there.


  8. bluebrightly says:

    Very cool! Were you tempted to bring it in with a healthy bouquet of parsley? OK, you probably wouldn’t do that. I hope you get to see the butterfly.

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