Raising Anise Swallow Tail Butterflies [Papilio zelicaon] in Encinitas
Kris Stewart

This URL is: http://www.stewart.sdsu.edu/aniseSwallowtailButterflies/ updated 31july2011 due to recent hatching of butterfly in back yard

Anise Swallowtail Butterfly - Wikipedia

Kris Stewart first raised Anise Swallowtail Butterflies in second grade at Vista's Santa Fe Elementary School, a long time ago.

YouTube of swallowtail stage change

[The Black Swallowtail will be same as Anise Swallowtail Butterfly]


1999 - early days when the Bugs were raised indoors
Butterfly has spread its wings

Take the plastic bucket outside, so butterfly can leave once wings dry

Close ups
Middle of photo (below) - butterfly is free

Later, the butterfly will return to lay eggs

Closeup of "Butterfly Alert!"

"Lawn art" purchased at the Del Mar fair of the butterfly lower right - real Butterfly middle-top flying in the plants

Sometimes I come home to find an empty chrysalyst (yeah!)

Sometimes there is still a chrysalist waiting to hatch (center)

Sometimes there are the big, green catepillars, who are very methodical eaters.

Two Busy Eaters

The flowers are packed with food.

Early stage is the small, black catepillar (with white stripe and yellow/orange spots)

Baby black bug - dead center of photo - look for the white stripe at mid-body

2 Black bugs fairly close up

Small black catepillars and big green one behind it, must have been 2 different sets of eggs

Big Green Bug

Big Green Bug - an example of a thorough eater

Our deck with Casper in background and Green Bug 1/3 done with eating all flowers on branch

Green Bug slowing down in the wild (pic rotated 90o)

Another Green Bug

This Green Bug is still eating

Green Bugs will cover a lot of turf

Little Black Bug in Plastic Bucket in Kitchen (2 Green Bugs in Flowers) Nov 2006

Now there are three green bugs [daily fresh food (flowers) hard to find in Nov06 since people think the plants are weeds]

Two Green Bugs about to becoming Chrysalists

Two Chrysalists colored to match the stick, blue cooler only for photo contrast

Two brown chrysalists and one green bug (about to be a chrysalist)

Three chrysalists that turn the color to blend in with the stick

Hoping that the Bright Blue Cooler nearby will trick the chrysalist to stay green - NOTE: shed skin at bottom of stick

Success - Green/yellow chrystalist (camouflage for when the anise plants are flowering with their bright yellow flowers and green leaves and stock)

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