Watched Cocoons Never Hatch

Remember my Black Swallowtail Butterfly chrysalids from last August? On an unseasonably warm October day (Thanksgiving), one of them hatched, but the other decided to stay put. I kept it in our screened-in porch for the winter, and since March it’s been in our fridge to prevent it from hatching before the warm weather became consistent.

I brought it back out to the porch a couple of weeks ago, and I was starting to think it might never open. Then a couple of days ago I got an excited phone call from home- it had hatched!!! I would love to have witnessed it firsthand, slowly breaking out of its shell, after being essentially frozen for months. We offered it some slices of fruit for energy but all it wanted was its freedom. So we admired it, perched on our fingers for a few moments, and sent it flying out the door.

Swallowtail (1)

Swallowtail

Swallowtail (2)

We have planted dill and parsley in our herb pots again. It is the preferred food for Swallowtail caterpillars, so hopefully it will entice them to return to our little garden.

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