Safety in numbers

Monday, September 16, 2013

Larvae beginning to explore the
Aristolochia flower.

Polydamas Swallowtail butterflies lay eggs in groups on the stems

After the storms.

and leaves of Dutchman’s pipe vines. For the first few days after hatching, the larvae stay together. Gradually, they part ways as they grow larger and need more leaf surface on which to feed. After Sunday night/Monday morning storms, I discovered that the little brown caterpillars, which had begun to separate, regrouped along the stem of the Aristolochia.  I’m used to my golden retriever, Rosie, being afraid of storms, but baby butterflies???