Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Caterpillar update!! Metamorphosis continues...

Very exciting news!  Our Black Swallowtail caterpillar has entered the early pupa stage!  This happened overnight and the children were able to see the transformation! 

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...

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