Category Archives: Eastern Black Swallowtail

Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars Feeding On Fennel

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a female Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly laying eggs on the Fennel.  Well, apparently those eggs have now hatched to decent sized caterpillars.  There are four caterpillars just on this one stalk, but there were several others on different areas of the Fennel.

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Giant Swallowtail Butterflies And More

We’ve had lots of butterflies roaming around the yard but I have posted many pictures of them.  We are seeing a good supply of Gulf Fritillary, Monarch Butterflies, Skippers, and Giant Swallowtail Butterflies.  Last year during the drought, these common butterflies made very rare appearances.  The Zinnias have so much nectar that the Giant Swallowtail […]

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First Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Of 2012 Laying Eggs

It must be getting close to Spring as I’m starting to see some Butterflies. For the first time this year, I saw an Eastern Black Swallowtail and she was laying eggs on the Fennel.  We never cook with Fennel, we just let it grow however it wants in our garden.  The result is that we […]

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Butterfly Bush Is A Butterfly Magnet

If you don’t have a Butterfly Bush, I highly recommend getting one if you want to attract Butterflies.  These plants are wonderful nectar plants for Butterflies and Hummingbirds really like them as well. Today there was a large male Eastern Black Swallowtail that just couldn’t get away from this plant.  In this particular photo the […]

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Two Types Of Eastern Black Swallowtail Chrysalises

I wanted to share an interesting phenomenon that occurs among Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies, specifically the Chrysalises.  Eastern Black Swallowtails can create two types of Chrysalises.  They can be either green or brown.  If I remember correctly, the green Chrysalises tend to emerge in the Spring and Summer, whereas the brown Chrysalises tend to emerge […]

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Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars And Chrysalis

I have some pictures of Eastern Black Swallowtails that I wanted to share. Before I get to that, I wanted to share some information and see if others might have noticed the same thing. We’ve had quite a few eggs and Caterpillars from the Eastern Black Swallowtail, but just as the Caterpillars get to be […]

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Eastern Black Swallowtail And Monarch Caterpillars

I got home while there was still a little bit of daylight left, so I grabbed my camera to take some pictures of the Butterfly Caterpillars we have. First are the Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars.  We have quite a few of these now, we’ve counted around 20, but our Fennel is so thick, I’m sure […]

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Butterflies, Snakes, Birds, and Other Misc Items

I know I’ve been posting lots of bird pictures, but the Butterfly pictures are coming as well.  We have lots of little Monarch Caterpillars right now from the single female that we saw a couple of weeks ago.  We also have lots of little Caterpillars from the Eastern Black Swallowtail.  I simply ran out of […]

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Female Eastern Black Swallowtail Laying Eggs On Fennel

In between digging up some Bamboo, photographing Wildflowers, and trimming some Milkweed, we had another Eastern Black Swallowtail visit the garden.  This particular Butterfly was laying eggs on both the Fennel and Dill.  In the past, the Eastern Black Swallowtail would only lay eggs on our Fennel, not the Dill, although that is one of […]

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Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly In Wildflowers

I’m still waiting for the Monarch Butterflies to arrive, but I do have some visiting Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies.  I wrote the other day about the Eastern Black Swallowtail I saw flying around the Fennel (I checked really close, and I have not seen one egg), and today I saw another (or perhaps it was […]

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First Eastern Black Swallowtail Of 2011

Our first Eastern Black Swallowtail of 2011 appeared today.  It was flying around one section of our garden where the Fennel is in full bloom.  I’d like to assume this was a female getting ready to lay some eggs, but honestly, I never noticed this Butterfly laying any eggs in the short time that it […]

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Butterflies Were Everywhere Today

Holy Cow!  Today there were Butterflies everywhere in the backyard.  We had a Monarch, Question Mark, Variegated Fritillary, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, some type of Crescent Butterfly, and a Pipevine Swallowtail. I got a few pictures, but I missed several and several others weren’t that good as I got over-excited. The plants […]

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Eastern Black Swallowtail Utilizes Milkweed

I guess this Milkweed must really have a lot of nectar in the flowers.  This is an Eastern Black Swallowtail sipping nectar on the Milkweed.  For the past 3 years, the Eastern Black Swallowtail’s have always laid their eggs on our Fennel.  So far this year, we’ve seen a few of the Black Swallowtail, but […]

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