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Old 06-30-2010, 08:35 AM   #17
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Default Update!

Well, 18 days later and that little guy is a medium sized guy now! There is little information on the web about the life cycle of a spice bush swallowtail butterfly. A monarch would have been in the chrysalis stage by now, but this guy is taking his time!

Last Thursday, June 24, it was still brown and white. On Friday, we unfolded the leaves to discover that it had shed overnight and was now a beautiful green! I can still hear the kids ooo-ing and aahhhh-ing!

Very neat caterpillar and so unusual looking! I wonder if those false eye spots are scary enough to deter a bird from a tasty meal!

I will post another update soon. I can't wait to see it change to yellow next!
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