Anise Swallowtail UpdateMay 5, 2009
These guys are growing into beautiful caterpillars—the two who survived the birds are inside now in a Mason jar terrarium filled with fennel, though we’ll probably put them back outside once they pupate. Right now, they’re happily eating away. (I’m astounded by the speed with which they eat, too—the little one in particular gives the Labradane a run for his money, cramming fennel leaves into its mouth and stripping a stalk in a matter of minutes.)
*Actually you apparently can’t tell their sexes until they turn into butterflies, when there are some visible differences. We’ll see!