The Life Cycle of the Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail butterflies glide around my garden in the summer. I have a little caterpillar nursery in my greenhouse. Swallowtail caterpillars are sometimes called parsley caterpillars. They seem to like eating my dill plants. I don't use any pesticides, so I always have a good amount of swallowtail butterfly caterpillars and chrysalis cases to observe. The brightly colored caterpillar warns birds that it may be poisonous. It's a great defense.
Children are wonderful at observing nature and finding caterpillars very quickly. Just use your favorite search engine to find caterpillars and butterflies that are in your area. Look for host plants that caterpillars eat. For example, where I live Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed plants, Eastern Swallowtail caterpillars eat parsley, dill and fennel plants. The eggs are usually the size of white rice.
Make a butterfly garden . You can even make one in your flower boxes. The more variety you provide in your garden the more butterflies and bees it will attract.
- Butterfly Pictures has photos of butterflies and caterpillars. It also has beautiful printouts to color or cut out.
- How to raise caterpillars and butterflies
- Live Butterfly Kit
- Butterflies of the World
- Where Do Butterflies Live?
- How to Identify Caterpillars
- The Difference Between Moths and Butterflies
- Swallowtail Butterflies
- Monarch Butterfly Journey North
- Picture of Anise Swallowtail Life Cycle
Here are two books about butterflies that you might want to consider checking out from your local library.
posted at 12:03 p.m. on February 10, 2010
can u please help me with montessori printable materials to teach my 9 & 10 yr olds
posted at 4:31 p.m. on August 8, 2010
hi am very intrested with it
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