A striking male Black Swallowtail . . . the first of its kind to emerge in my barn studio last year.
I was lucky early May to see this female attaching an egg to a Bishop’s weed leaf along the garden path. She may well have overwintered here in her pupa state.
After she flies away I discover this egg!
Enjoying her first meal.
Second or third instar.
Final caterpillar molt.
Releasing a perfect female . . . perhaps she will meet up with the male (below) out in the gardens enjoying the milkweed. This is only the second Black Swallowtail I have had the privilege to raise.
If you would like to learn more about the life cycle of the Black Swallowtail check out my article over at
Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens