DALE’S MAIL­BAG

Chicago Sun-Times - - OUTDOORS -

“We have been hav­ing quite the black swal­low­tail cater­pil­lar and but­ter­fly fes­ti­val at our place this sum­mer. First no­ticed them on curly pars­ley plants about two months ago. Since then, we have had 12 cater­pil­lars. Three of the first seven cater­pil­lars pu­pated and made it through to be­com­ing but­ter­flies. An amaz­ing process to watch the chrysalis form. I al­ways as­sumed that it was some sort of a silk-spun co­coon, but the chrysalis just mag­i­cally over­takes their body and they change in a mat­ter of min­utes!” — Paul Yam­brovich

I think an in­crease in in­ter­ac­tions with but­ter­flies is an­other off­shoot of the pan­demic and 2020.

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