Thursday, May 2, 2013

Battus philenor ova

Pipevine Swallowtails are laying eggs again. Here a couple of rusty gold eggs are visible where the leaf joins the stem. Unlike most butterflies, Pipevine Swallowtails lay their eggs in groups. The eggs are laid near the growing tip of the vine, and the larvae like to eat the young leaves. Before I knew better, I fed the first instar caterpillars older leaves, and they all died. So sad!

Sorry about the lousy picture. I need a better camera.

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