Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fennel George Emerged!!

For those of you who have read my blog for awhile, you know that I like to get caterpillars and watch them create their chrysalis and then hatch into a butterfly. Normally, the Wonderful Neighbor children find the caterpillars on the milkweed plants and bring them to me. These turn into Monarch butterflies. I name them all George. :) It is easy to remember their name that way. Well, last year, while I had a couple of Monarch Georges and also Weird George, I found a caterpillar on the fennel. I called him Fennel George. You can see a couple of more posts about him here and here. He ended up spending the winter in a canning jar in my kitchen. I had put him in a back corner and left him alone. I saw the jar the other day and thought I had better set it out somewhere, so I would not forget about him when it got warm. Well, DON'T bring a caterpillar in over the winter. You can keep him, but keep him outside somewhere. Fennel George emerged from his chrysalis. He is a beautiful Black Swallowtail butterfly. I am not sure yet what I am going to do with him, because I think he will die if I put him outside. Here are some pictures of him from today.

Last year I also got the privilege of seeing one of them get into their chrysalis. I have some pictures and even a short video clip here. I would still like to watch one come out of it.

Here is an update on Fennel George. I took him to the Wonderful Neighbor's last night. One of the boys is doing a science fair project on the life cycle of the butterfly. The science fair is this Saturday. He is going to take George with him as part of his project!!!


Anonymous said...


I wonder if because you brought it out of the corner it got warmer and that was why it came out?? Not sure, just a thought.

The Not So Wonderful Neighbor

Sharri said...

George is just beautiful!
I hope you find some way for him to survive until it's warmer outside!

Needle, Thimble and Thread said...

Here's a link that you might find useful in feeding George. Hope he makes it.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what part of the country you are in, but I am in SW Missouri, and I just saw a black swallowtail in my yard this past week. This weekend we are supposed to have lows in the 20's, and I don't know how it's supposed to survive that, but even in nature they are already coming out because of the warm weather we've had the past few weeks.