We are down to the final two Swallowtail chrysalis and this morning as I sat at my computer, Catherine, who’s spending the day, pointed to the 5ltr water bottle on my desk and exclaimed: ”Look, Ark, there’s a butterfly in the bottle.” I hadn’t even noticed! And then there was one … Cindy has … More It fluttered by – through the eyes of a child.
I awoke this morning to discover two of the remaining four Swallowtails completing the final transition to adulthood. One had fully emerged from its cocoon and was already hanging from the side of the water bottle drying its wings. The second, was still busy. I managed a couple of shots. Not the best of … More It fluttered by: New Swallowtails
Was out of bed early this morning … 5:30 … and after making a coffee and pottering about for a bit I went into my office and was greeted by this … Having emerged from its cocoon not long before this shot was taken. I coaxed it from the plastic container, and it eagerly climbed … More It fluttered by. All Change!
Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar in defensive posture. When feeling threatened, as is the case here, the caterpillar will extend this impressive double branched horn-like protuberance to ward off attackers. In this instance the threat was moi as I was attempting to gently lift the caterpillar from the leaf it was on to relocate it. As I … More Feeling a little horny?
Two days ago, the little Swallowtail caterpillar looked like bird droppings … but now it has it’s ‘Second Coat’ which it will wear until it has fattened up and then pupates. I brought the lemon tree seedling inside and it sits on my desk. I’ll soon confine the caterpillar to a large enclosed plastic bottle … More All Change
Citrus Swallowtail – first form. 1/11/19 Ark
Citrus Swallowtail Caterpillar. He is currently living in a large 5ltr bottle on my desk, safe and sound and away from any potential predators. I’m not sure when he will pupate but when he does there will be photos. Ark
This is the Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar I removed from the potted lemon tree by the pond and brought inside. I found one last year and, unfortunately, a day later so did a Praying Mantis. Now in a safer, more controlled environment, maybe we’ll have better luck this year. Citrus Swallowtail – First larval form . … More What a difference a day makes!
Citrus Swallowtail. I spotted it through the shed door (yesterday) and managed a single shot before it was over the back wall and gone! And I noticed this on a fresh leaf of the Lemon Tree by the pond this morning – first laval stage of the Swallowtail. It looks like bird poop for … More It Fluttered by
Citrus Swallowtail photographed this morning as it took a rest on the lawn. I just happened to have my camera with me … again. Lucky, really! Ark
Citrus Swallowtail on Agapanthus. Ark A fortunate shot taken with the Sony Cybershot at full zoom from halfway across the garden!
Citrus Swallowtail Visits one of the Lemon Trees. 16/11/17 Ark.