Black Swallowtails in South Dakota

Last year, my son and I raised some Monarch butterflies, but were unable to do so this year since they were very scarce!  I understand that with the late spring and cold start of our summer, they just didn’t thrive as they should have.  However, we planted some parsley and dill in the hopes of attracting some swallowtail butterflies.  It was wonderful to find about 13 eggs on our dill.  We brought them in and watched them quickly grow from a tiny thing to a large caterpillar, who then sheds 2 layers of skin to form its chrysalis.  They emerged about a week later and all but 3 survived!  Here is my documentation of this wonderful experience!



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