Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Butterfly Update

I am never quite sure where to start the "butterfly stories".
I always kind of assume everyone knows the background,
and I try to keep my posts from getting too wordy.

So here's the readers digest version! 
I raise butterflies.
I plant a lot of dill in my outdoor garden.
Black Swallowtail Butterflies lay their eggs on dill.
Once I find the eggs, I bring them indoors, into my butterfly netted cages.
I care for them, feed them, clean their cage and nurture them until they go into chrysalis.
If you are interested,
this is a great article on raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies indoors.

Last summer, at seasons end, I found a second "crop" of caterpillars on my dill.
I brought them indoors and most went into chrysalis.
I kept them in the garage, a cool, dry place all winter and lo and behold,
they are all evolving this spring.
I have posted updates, herehere, and here.
I have released a total of 17 so far.

I have not been able to capture pictures of the last few butterflies,
as soon as I remove them from the cage, they take flight, and fly off to freedom!

The first picture was taken on May 9th.
These last 2 images were taken on June 5th, the last time I was able to get pictures.
 I previously shared the May 9th picture, the other 2 are new!


  1. Your ongoing stories about these swallowtails are always enjoyable and you are not only providing great enjoyment for yourself you are learning about these insects and their role in the environment, and giving them the best start in life.

    1. This is a wonderful and rewarding hobby of ryou Debbie and it must bring you great joy.

  2. Hello, you are a success at raising the butterflies. I have enjoyed following your butterfly hobby. The photos are beautiful too.
    Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

  3. Beautiful.

  4. "I have released a total of 17 so far."

    One day they are going to make you an Honorary Butterfly! :)

  5. awwwwww ♥♥♥ flutter by ♥♥♥ flutterbys

  6. Oh my the last picture shows such detail of the colors!!

  7. So very beautiful. And, you? Such a kind and caring person.


  8. I can only imagine how fun it is to watch this whole process, especially since you start it all off from the very beginning by planting the dill.
    I wanted to let you know that I have not received any of my email updates for your blog that is why I haven't been by, I just assumed you weren't feeling well. I guess I will have to check in whether or not I get an email update from now on :)

  9. Those butterflies are so pretty. Love these posts, Debbie.

  10. These are gorgeous! Nice job on both the raising/care and photos!

  11. What a wonderful post! I have a spiritual affinity for butterflies. So lovely to hear how you've been nurturing these special creatures.😊

  12. A beautiful butterfly. I am impressed by your passion.
    You brood 17 butterflies, it's a great result.

  13. Debbie, I am amazed about the butterflies. You are a wonderful person to do this. I love seeing all the photos too. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

  14. Incredible to raise and care butterflies.
    They are so delicate and beautiful.
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  15. Lovely pictures. Sounds so exciting to be able to raise these beautiful creatures.

  16. They really are beautiful! I am amazed at the care you take - it’s really wonderful!

  17. That is amazing! I'm so impressed!

  18. You have a talent for nursing butterflies!

  19. Debbie they are so beautiful!! I don't know anyone else who does this!! I've been away for a few days, I've missed some posts.....I will be back to catch up later ok

  20. My dear friend, these are magnificent photos. I have always loved your bird photos but now I love these almost more. I continue to feel you should publish a book of bird photos and now butterfly photos. I love your nurturing heart and how you tenderly care for these critters both bird, and the beautiful butterflies you release.
    Blessings and hugs for you!

  21. Super series of photographs, they are beautiful butterflies.

    All the best Jan

  22. I love to go back and catch up on posts I've missed Debbie - the butterflies are incredibly beautiful. I really admire how you raise and release them 💞