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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Metamorphosis!

We found this really cool,

wickedly bright and striped caterpillar in the garden.

 We hopped online, and were able to identify it as a spicebush swallowtail.
We fed it for a few day. They strictly eat herbs like parsley, dill, carrot tops. You know, garden munchies.
It turned into a pretty green/yellow chrysalis,

and it seemed like only 10 days later we woke up to a beautiful butterfly!

We usually only seem to get moths around these parts, so this was a treat.
We released it when the Heart Rockin' family was here. Thanks, Jean for the photo.

Good times.

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

Wow!!! Awesome.
A gorgeous caterpillar and a gorgeous butterfly! So, so cool.

You had it in a tent, I guess? I think we'll get one next year. (and we'll order some.)

We rarely find caterpillars around here.

Lisa said...

what a beautiful caterpillar!! i love watching them turn into beautiful butterflies with the kids. it really is amazing to see!
have a great weekend
lisa

Jessica said...

Your picture of the caterpillar is stunning. Life is amazing.

mamak said...

Steph, we did not have the tent just the butterfly habitat thing like this:
http://www.shop-insectlore.com/Butterflies/Butterfly+Garden+w+Coupon+for+Live+Caterpillars.axd

Lisa, No, YOU have a great weekend!

mamak said...

Thanks Jess! Lucky shot really.

Andrea said...

Lucky shot maybe, but still awesome! You did such a great job of capturing the entire process. Love it! Do you have the book, I Took A Walk? I think that is one of the butterflies you try and find.

Dayle Greer said...

They definitely loved to eat my parsley. A few of them together can make short work of a few plants.

Dayle Greer said...

A few of them can sure make quick work of a few parsley plants.