A Bugs Feast

I stumbled upon some bugs (moths, beetles, butterflies and i think a wasp) binging on a buffet of some gnarly rotten fruit during a stroll along the delaware river in south philly. it was all things gross and beautiful. wish i had a macro lens but honestly didn’t want to get too much closer. it smelled much worse than it looked.

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Life Cycle of A Black Swallowtail Butterfly

I have an amazing backyard with an amazing garden which I love. I spend lots of time back there planting, pruning and perfecting. So when I noticed a horde of caterpillars decimating my dill and fennel plants I had to take action. A friend who was over pointed out that these fat little green goobers were black swallowtail butterflies. So I decided to keep them. I put together a fern leaf dill filled terrarium and transported them with the intention of building a bigger enclosure for them after I returned from being away over the weekend. However, when I got back they had already sealed themselves into their Chrysalis. I decided to leave them as is and waited for the transformation to finish. When I walked out to check on them this morning two fully formed beautiful black swallowtails had emerged and were waiting for release. Needless to say I was thrilled my little science experiment came to fruition.

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Black Swallowtail Butterflies

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Chrysalis Shell after the first butterfly emerged

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Three of the Chrysalis’s fell to the bottom so I used some chopsticks to prop them back up

Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

This poor lady’s ( i think it’s a female) wings didn’t develop properly. I did some research and there’s no way she’d survive outside. Luckily I have a variety of terrariums perfect for butterflies throughout my apartment. I added some banana and sugar water for food and branches for her to perch.

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

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