Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail Butterflies lay their eggs on parsley, fennel, Queen Anne’s Lace, and other plants in the carrot family.

Black Swallowtail egg on curled parsley (about 1 mm).
This is what the egg looks like in close.
This is an egg just before it hatches.
This is what hatches from the egg (about 3 mm at hatching).
This is what the caterpillar looks like after it’s eaten its fill and is ready to become a butterfly.

Plant some parsley in a pot on your back porch and watch the fun!

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