Monday, August 3, 2009

The Stages of my Black Swallow-tail Butterfly

Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.

Genesis 1:30


My family and I went on a walk last month and when we were walking home, I happened to come across a caterpillar! I was of course excited about my discovery and decided to take it home and let it turn into a butterfly! I found out that it was a black swallow-tail butterfly and I took care of it with the instructions I found on a website.

Daddy thought that since he had never seen the life cycle of a butterfly in real life that I should post about it so others could experience it themselves!



Here is the caterpillar the way I had found it!


This is the caterpillar hanging on his weed by a thin silk.

(Sorry about the sideways picture!)


This is the Chrysalis

stage: 4

He's OUT!!! It is important that the New Butterfly has plenty of room to dry it's wings otherwise if it is confined to a small area it's wings will dry incorrectly and he/she will not be able to fly.

-Kimber was lucky to see it starting to come out otherwise #1 We would have missed out on a wonderful experience #2 The butterfly would have probably not have been able to fly. (because of it's confined home)


Fanning him/herself in order to dry the wings!


WOW, what an amazing design from our creator!

♦His Princess,♦




  1. Hey, there are some catapillars that look just like that on some of our plants :D! That's very neat how you were able to watch it transform.

  2. Wow! Thank you for taking the time to share this and to nurture the little caterpillar through his development. God's creatures are so precious!