h1

Anise Swallowtail Update

May 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.)

This is the original caterpillar---hard to believe!

This is the original caterpillar---hard to believe!

And lil' brudder's not looking so bad himself.

And lil' brudder* doesn't look so bad himself.

*Actually you apparently can’t tell their sexes until they turn into butterflies, when there are some visible differences. We’ll see!

Advertisements

One comment

  1. Those are some cute caterpillars!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: