Each year…and around this time of year, Michael and Mom have the arrival of something very special sort of magical…something so beautiful…butterflies.

Yes, every summer caterpillars…particularly parsley worms or black swallowtail worms start munching on the parsley growing in my garden.  So…to save my parsley we gather the caterpillars and put them into a container.  We also put a few twigs of parsley inside the container for the caterpillars to munch on as they continue their journey to become butterflies.

The caterpillars then string up and morph into a chrysalis. Inside the chrysalis during the next couple of weeks or so, a whole new life is being created…the adult butterfly is being formed.

The black swallowtail in detail is a black butterfly with yellow markings near the margins of the for-wings and hind-wings with more limited blue and red/orange markings on the hind-wings.  They have also been known to have a wing span which can reach up to 4 ½ inches.

What enjoyment it brings to us to set these beautiful creatures free.  They are so fragile and we feel blessed to help them begin their journey to freedom…to explore the great outdoors.

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Donna - August 16, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Catherine, Great photos! What a cool thing to do each year with your son. You’re a great Mom!

Sharon - August 17, 2011 - 7:23 am

Wonderful…that’s all I have to say.

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