Pipevine Swallowtail

lonewolf678's picture

A few days ago I had to turn in some papers for my college stuff and I was really annoyed by that. Walking back home I noticed a huge caterpillar on a fence and proceeded to put it on my briefcase and take it home to see if I could take care of it.

Well that was three days ago, yesterday it became inactive and had two silk strands attached to a stick I put in its jar. Today it's officially pupating, and now I play the waiting game. This seems to be a sign that I happened upon the caterpillar, apparently it's going to (hopefully) soon be a Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly.

Here's a stock photo of what the caterpillar looked like:

Here's the most accurate photo of the pupa I could find on the internet:

And here's a stock photo of what the post metamorphosis may reveal:


elph's picture

I hope you're lucky!

Take good care... and keep feeding us updates!

radiosilence95's picture

That's really awesome. It's

That's really awesome. It's always an experience to watch Mother Nature run her course. You should post some pictures here when/as it metamorphoses.

lonewolf678's picture

I'll post pics sometime,

I've been documenting it about every other day. Odd thing about these ones, they can take a few weeks to a year to emerge. I'll be waiting patiently. :-)