Friday, July 25, 2008
What Floats My Boat
Wanna know what floats my boat? Well, thanks for asking. God and His creative genius just turns my crank. I planted a pipevine a few months ago. This is it.
So, a pipevine is a vine that Polydamas Swallowtail and Pipevine Swallowtails know instinctively to lay their eggs on. Why, you ask? Well, because that is the vine that their caterpillars will eat to grow into big fat caterpillars and then turn into beautiful butterflies. It is called a larvae plant and that is why I planted it. I wanted to see this process. These butterflies don't lay their eggs anywhere else. Isn't that amazing? Seriously amazing. I thought I would try to capture a bit of the process for you. Here is the Polydamas Swallowtail trying to find a place to lay er eggs:
Here is the female Polydamas butterfly laying her eggs.(I am in the birthing room. Isn't that sweet of her to let me come in? It doesn't look easy either. She works pretty hard laying her little eggs. I felt a bit intrusive, but really she seemed ok with me being there. I think sharing this process makes us bff's)
So, here are her eggs:
In just a few short days these eggs will hatch and look like this:
To really see the little buggars you need to click on the photo and make it larger. These are tiny little teenie caterpillars.(Just for the record, some old woman came over to help me with my photos. That is her hand in the picture.)
Here is another one of the little babies...by the way, what floats your boat?
I'll post more photos of my little caterpillars as they grow. Isn't this fun? love, Jackie Sue