Friday, April 4, 2014

The Accidental Lepidopterist: The More the Merrier

Three Males, Two Females
It's  been a busy day for the black swallowtails! In the past 48 hours we've had five enclose. I'm sure there will be more tomorrow. I'm so happy these guys made it through the winter.
Third male, April 4, 2014

Second female

Dorsal wing view of male and female

The Accidental Lepidopterist Adventures: First Female, Second Male

All it takes is one butterfly to enclose and then the rest seem to follow. I found our first female of the season in the butterfly cage this morning. She was very content to stay on my arm but I eventually got her to be interested in some pretty purple blossoms. A male enclosed later in the early afternoon. He wasn't too interested in being photographed or touched so I let him rest a bit inside the screened porch before releasing him outside. It appears there are two or three more chrysalises that are very close to enclosing. I wouldn't be surprised if they go later this evening or early tomorrow.

The first female enclosed this morning, April 4, 2013
Female on some pretty purple blossoms
Second male enclosed this afternoon