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The large parsley has taken a massive hit from the "hungry hungry caterpillars". Lori and I brought in the smaller plants from the porch to provide enough food for the 6 caterpillars left.

24. bringing back the reinforcements


25. the six remaining


Within 1h, two had already made across to the new growth

Hoping to catch one during pupation.

TFL... Brian
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We "found" one the original AWOL caterpillars today. A beautiful, black swallowtail butterfly was flitting around our sun porch . I managed to get it outside and it made a bee-line (a.k.a. "butterfly-line") to the flowers on our porch. I tried to get a photo, but it was too fast and is now free in the wilds of Cary, NC.

We have 7 chrysalides, 5 active caterpillars, and 1 caterpillar ready to pupate. I have set up the camera to take time-lapse of the latter as it pupates. I hope the battery lasts long enough to capture the magic!

Cheers... Brian
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I hope the battery works too
And look forward to photos of the grown swallowtail.
I like #25, it looks as if the caterpillars grow from the parsley.
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Great series.

Keep on the good work!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 October 2021 at 03:17
The second butterfly emerged today. It took several hour for its wings to dry sufficiently to fly.

26. Free


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P.S. The time lapse worked marvelously. I'll post some of the highlights tomorrow.
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Brilliant finale to this gripping narrative. As midwife and obstetrician you and your lady should be very proud. 😀
Thanks for bringing this to your appreciative world audience.
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Beautiful butterfly.
As Joe said a great finale (although I would like to see some more )
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Originally posted by bms44974 bms44974 wrote:

I'll post some of the highlights tomorrow.

Looking forward to that
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 October 2021 at 22:09
Here's the latest update...

We have one VERY large caterpillar still munching on the parsley (stalks only at this point).

We have two "wanderers" looking for a place to pupate and about 3 more (I can't keep track at this point) that have formed chrysalides.

Please forgive the dump below... this is a selection of the time lapse images captured taken last Sunday.

27. pupation #1


28. pupation #2


29. pupation #3


30. pupation #4


31. pupation #5


32. pupation #6


33. pupation #7


34. pupation #8


35. pupation #9


36. pupation #10


The process from #1 to #10 took less than 10min.

I set up my A7R4 for interval shooting every 15sec. I could not get the flash to participate so had to use an LED floor lamp for illumination. Battery duration was maximized by turning of the display during the process. Even the view finder was a substantial drain on the battery.

I left the tripod stationary and re-framed after each battery change.

AF was on to account for a substantial amount of wriggling during the process.

Once all of the caterpillars have pupated, Lori and I will store them in the refrigerator so that they can emerge when there is plenty of nectar for them. There may be some that emerge before this time and I hope I will be as lucky with emergence of the butterflies.

TFL (and bearing with me on this journey).

Cheers... Brian

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