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April 13, 2009

Black Swallowtails emerged from chrysalids

Filed under: Swallowtails — Butterflygirl @ 6:14 pm

I had a couple of Black Swallowtails who I had pupating over the winter emerge today!

I think it is a bit early for them in this area though – I don’t know if they will do very well. Its been rainy here too.

Here they are in the jar they pupated in:

Here’s the first one after I got it out:

Here they both are:

They were very small, which isn’t that unusual for butterflies that started pupating late in the previous season.

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  1. on April 14th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Where did you keep your chrysalises over the winter? I had about a dozen Black Swallowtails form chrysalises last fall and I put them all outside (I was afraid they would emerge too early if I didn’t). Unfortunately, all but one disappeared without a trace. I am hoping the last one will hold off for a few more weeks when I do a program on butterflies for a local park.

    PS my new website has lots of photos, including many of butterflies.

  2. Butterflygirl said,

    on April 14th, 2009 at 2:23 pm


    I keep them in jars used for canning with a piece of mosquito netting instead of the flat lid part on top. I’ll post some pictures.

    I used to have an enclosure outside, which was much bigger, that I kept them in, but it kind of fell apart after a while and my husband hasn’t had time to build me another yet.

    Your site looks very nice – I’ll have to look through it more closely!

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