|Black swallowtail chrysalis|
Over the years we've raised countless monarch caterpillars, but this was our first for this type of caterpillar. Upon doing a bit of research, I discovered that swallowtails lay their eggs on carrot, dill, parsley and fennel plants.
Now, what to do with swallowtail chrysalids during winter? I learned quite a bit from Joyful Butterfly. We placed ours chrsalids in a plastic jar and stored in in the fridge until the apple trees and lilac bushes started blooming the following spring.
|Newly hatched butterfly|
I was surprised that it would take two weeks from the time they were placed in room temperature to turn from pupa to butterfly!
|Wings dried and expanded|
Oh the excitement we had when we came to school that Monday morning to discover a special springtime surprise!!
|Being passed from hand to hand|
|Feeding on lilac nectar before taking flight!|
Aren't those hands-on life science projects just the best?!