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I Raised A Giant!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I have been raising butterflies for over four years now, but I never had a Giant Swallowtail or a Zebra Longwing lay eggs until this year. Instead of citrus, I thought I would try planting a Hercules club and sure enough, I only had the potted plant out on the patio for two days and I thought I had seen a Giant Swallowtail in the yard, but I wasn't sure. When I looked at my plants, I was thrilled to see several eggs. Well, those eggs hatched and the six caterpillars turned into chrysalises. My first Giant Swallowtail just flew off into the sunset. But, not before I got pictures and dragged my neighbors over to see it. The host plant for the Zebra Longwing is the Purple Passion Vine. Although I have been growing them for years, it was not until this year that I actually had a Zebra Longwing lay eggs. I couldn't believe it! I was weeding and she left eggs right in front of me. I am proud to say that I have raised the Florida State Butterfly from eggs. I have waited a long time, but it was worth the wait.


Zebra Longwing Eggs


Hard to see, but tiny Longwing Caterpillar


Larger Zebra Longwing Caterpillar


Zebra Longwing Butterfly


Giant Swallowtail Eggs


Tiny Giant Swallowtail


Baby Giant Swallowtails


Giant Swallowtail Chrysalises


Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
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