I found this handsome chappie chomping on a stem of wild fennel in the meadow, I took some images and then decided to see if I could raise a swallowtail butterfly from him. So home he came, with a fistful of fennel flowers and stems, and was popped into a large jam jar. He fed and pooped for about three days, then nothing. Slowly he attached himself to a thick twig, yesterday he shed his skin, and this morning he is a fully fledged chrysalis! I donít know whether he will emerge this year or next, depending on the temperature here, but if he is going to emerge this year, then hopefully I should have something to report to you in about 10-12 days. Watch this space! V.5 shows the condition he is in now.
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