Since I have begun taking an interest in photographing butterfly, dragonfly and other insects I have found that I have a friend, Mary, at work who raises butterflies. I thought that it would be interesting and educational to document the various stages of a butterfly. So Mary has been nice enough to bring a black swallowtail caterpillar in to work so that I can observe, and take pictures, as it becomes a butterfly.Black swallowtail are relatively easy to find, with the female typically laying eggs on members of the carrot family especially parsley, dill or fennel. Mary grows parsley in her garden so that she can collect black swallowtail eggs and caterpillar to raise.
The caterpillar has already grown to be about twice the size that it was when she first brought it in. So I will post a new picture each week as it grows and changes. One thing though, the fluorescent lighting inside work is not the best to take pictures under so next week I think that I may try and persuade Mary to go outside to take the picture.