Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Child of Swallowtail

Funny thing is, I took these pictures yesterday. I saw the two butterflies today. Maybe I will see them tomorrow, too. These two little darlings had already consumed many leaves of parsley, and I dispatched them in the usual manner, by tossing them off the terrace, still attached to the stalk. I don't have enough growing space for two hungry caterpillars and my parsley. Sorry. Yes, I'm sure I set a whole lot of Chaos Theory into motion.

What did I see this morning, as I leaving the house for work, but one of the little suckers marching straight back up the outside of brownstone! OK, it could have been a different one. I didn't tag them.

More about their life cycle here. Lots of pro lifers here.

Look to the left for a poll on the future of yesterday's eggs. More of which I keep finding.

11 comments:

  1. Aww, so beautiful though... maybe you could grow "one" pot of parsley for them and the rest for you?

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  2. When once you have tasted Marie's terrace parsley, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."

    The street bouncing caterpillar, adapted from Leonardo Da Vinci.

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  3. That was a very interesting link about the swallowtail's life cycle...note that most of the readers seemed to be concerned about how to keep the caterpillars alive and how to grow enough parsley for them ...

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  4. dis amazing hoe mooi hul van so naby is.

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  5. oh, such a complex person this photographer/parsley-grower is.

    btw, karoo kafe in p-town, mentioned in another post's comments, is really good (2 visits). there is some snail appetizer that was really tasty, once i got past my garden slug associations.

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  6. Yes! Yes! I'm keeping some of the eggs, but how do I keep fullgrown caterpillars in one pot, which isn't enough?

    Ok, we're going to have to put it to a vote.

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  7. My almost 4 year old son is in love with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar because the caterpillar eats so much and then gets so big. I didn't realize they liked parsley so much. I'll have to plant more!

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  8. I had a weird gardening reaction to 9/11. Suddenly I could no longer do all the frank and necessary "you live, you die" things. I'm only just starting to get past it.

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  9. Ok, you're flinging caterpillars above board but you're "keeping eggs"? -scratch head-
    Is caterpillar eggs omelet any good?

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  10. How many eggs in a caterpillar omelet?

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