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Butterfly egg

Swallowtail butterflies lay their eggs on fennel which (in the case of the wild variety, which is what we have) is considered an invasive weed.

Fortunately for the swallowtail butterfly scanning our flowerbed just now, my fennel clean-up has been far from complete.

I saw it batting its wings rapidly with its ovipositor poised over one particular plant and then went to have a look.

Sure enough, there was a tiny yellow egg attached to one of the leaves.

Swallowtail butterfly egg

The caterpillars are quite charming: I hope I see one later on. The photos below are from previous years.

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar

Swallowtail butterfly on a zinnia

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  1. July 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

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