Butterfly Life Cycle
is the first instar caterpillar of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
I found them munching on my Parsley plant in South Florida.
Caterpillars feed on plants in the carrot family. This may include dill, fennel, parsley, or carrots.
are later instar caterpillars.
The one on the right has just molted or shed its skin and still looks rather whiteish.
are full grown caterpillars. They get about 2 - 2.5 inches long.
My parsley plant is all but gone now.
them indoors to pupate. After finding a nice spot, they make a girdle out
of silk strand to hang from.
They can stay in this J form about 24 hours.
wiggle off the caterpillar skin to expose the pupa underneath.
At first it is soft and mushy.
it hardens and darkens.
The pupal stage lasts about 9-10 days.
is the Black Swallowtail butterfly after just emerging from the pupa.
The wings are pumped with fluid and begin to dry.
This one is a male.
This one is a female.