The caterpillar as a full grown caterpillar, getting ready for the pre-pupa stage. It formed the "girdle" which looks like two very thin strings and attached itself to the parsley stalk.
Here is the early pupa stage which we discovered this morning. It is amazing to see!
Below is a website which provides some interesting information about the life cycle of a Black Swallowtail Butterfly. We are hoping the butterfly emerges when the children are here and NOT on the weekend! It looks like we will be able to tell if it is a male or female by the pattern on the wings. Only 10-14 more days to go...