Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sunshine and Butterflies

I took this photo of a Black Swallowtail cat two summers ago as it was feeding on a bronze fennel plant in my veggie garden.

Two or three of these beauties appeared one day (or so it seemed; I just hadn't been looking for them) and then disappeared again when they made their cocoons. I was disappointed to not have been able to find them as they underwent their metamorphosis. The same always happens with the Monarch cats I find on my Swamp Milkweed plants. They grow to be big and fat and then disappear. I wonder if some hungry bird comes along and picks them off just when they are ready to morph?

Today was a cold and wet wintry day that had me wishing (too soon) for sunshine and butterflies.

1 comment:

Zickefoose said...

Hey Laura,

How nice to hear from you. I love bunnies, too! but they make me sneeze...I think your caterpillars are going on walkabout when they get big and fat--at least that's what they do in my butterfly garden. They abruptly stop eating and walk--sometimes a long way--then hang themselves in the j position to metamorphose. Both monarchs and black swallowtails are distasteful, I think, so it's not likely anything's eating them. They're just running away to grow up!
I'm delighted you are now a Kooser fan, too.
Best,

JZickefoose