The Black Swallowtail caterpillars were found on curly Parsley. 4 cocooned outside and stealthy emerged when no one was looking. The one in the picture sat in its cocoon FOREVER…..I had almost given up hope and was inspecting the cocoon when…IT WIGGLED! A sure sign of life! It emerged the next day and I was able to witness the pumping up of the wings. Black Swallowtails use members of the carrot family (Apiaceae) including parsley, fennel, dill, Queen Anne’s Lace, and carrots. There are actually 82 species of Apiacae. We are adding host plants for both of these gorgeous creatures to our Etsy listings.
Wild Lime seems to be a hands down favorite for Giant Swallowtails in South Florida. My only regret is that I could not get more pictures before it flew away. The underneath of the butterfly is a gorgeous buttercup yellow with spots of blue and red/orange. I went out for about an hour and came back to the Giant Swallowtail gliding around the room….it must have emerged and I did not notice before I left because it was ready to go when I got back and was not in the mood for a photo shoot. This morning I found 2 caterpillars on the Wild Lime so more pictures will be posted of the caterpillars and the Butterflies that emerge.