butterflies · caterpillars

Caterpillar Cocoon Watch, Post 2

So, I went out about 6:00 pm and took these photos of the one on the trashcan.  Not much noticeable difference, if any.

I go out about 9:15 pm, and this is what I find.  Dang! I missed the magic.

The one on the axe still looks pretty much the same.  But, I bet when I get up in the morning, it will be a chrysalis, too.

I was really wanting to see the chrysalis emerge.  The skin splits open from the head down…not sure where it goes…and it comes out a chrysalis.  Wish it would’ve done it while I was watching!

4 thoughts on “Caterpillar Cocoon Watch, Post 2

  1. Oh… I’m so happy for you to have those swallowtails. I’ve grown three plants of rue for a couple of years now, when I saw all these goings-on in your garden. I’ve not seen but ONE swallowtail in my garden. And no caterpillars at all.
    Very disappointed. : (
    I’ve Milkweed growing here though, and usually have a nice crop of Monarchs hatch. But I really wanted those swallowtails! I’ll have to keep watching your post for further developments. : )


  2. Very cool pictures! I’d be tempted to spend the entire day watching them for fear I’d miss something!

    BTW, your axe is seriously dull.


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