Black Swallowtail (Papilio Polyxenes) Sighting Confirmed!

Yes, it has been confirmed to be a Black Swallowtail. It’s a really common butterfly, species-wise, but not one that I see very often myself. I think I generally see smaller moths that are half the size of typical butterflies. When I do see butterflies, they tend to be more drab in their coloring. But when you see some pretty little things like these, you have to stop and admire them!

BAMONA has confirmed my sighting of the Black Swallowtail. For more info on the Black Swallowtail, aka Papilio Polyxenes, see BAMONA’s page here.

Well the caterpillar is gone now. A bit of searching and sure enough, it has gone into chrysalis mode. Here are some pics of it. I expect it to emerge from the chrysalis any day now. I’m hoping to get some pics of it before it flies away…

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis on Fennel 1.JPG
Black Swallowtail Chrysalis on Fennel 2.JPG
Black Swallowtail Chrysalis on Fennel 3.JPG
Black Swallowtail Chrysalis on Fennel 4.JPG

It almost looks dinosaurlike. The ridges and cavernous crenellations on the chrysalis evoke some very interesting imagery.

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