A Rescue

The fence line is needin’ a mowin’. So my first plan today was a rescue.

A couple of days ago, I shared this Black Swallowtail about to pupate. So it had been two days since I had a chance to check on the larva.
Before checking the larva, I peeked in on the baby bluebirds. Did mama or papa find the larva to feed their young?

Would it still be there? Yes! Use your sharp eyes and you will find the chrysalis in this photo.

Front view!

The side view looks a bit like another leaf on the thistle.

Rescue plan in action!

Safe for transport home to the Curry Zoo!

Of course once home, it gets the full treatment! First checking for UV. It does 🙂
Second, the studio shot! Examine this photo carefully.
It would have been interesting to see how it tied the silk with no hands.

Furthermore the silk was wrapped around the back. Crazy eh! So I suppose this means I need to film one sometime. LOL.

One last thing, the mowing will be delayed. There are too many cats in the path.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


  1. I’ve wondered too how they tie themselves too a twig or whatever they use. Yes you should video one doing it😄

  2. Wow that silk goes all the way around them. Yes Mary, you now have a job to do, film it!
    I have a couple of these guys on my Golden Alexanders while the plants are still in pots.
    I watched a Giant Swallowtail lay an egg on Wafer Ash in another pot a few days ago. And I am watching my milkweeds in the backyard for cats after seeing two adults, hoping it was a male and a female.

  3. I’ve never done a time lapse of a a full cat to chrysalis but I’ve watched as they slowly pupate. It’s a fascinating feat!
    healthy crop of caterpillars you’ve got there!

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