Quick pause, long journey;
a lifetime in one summer,
its world ever green
Some bugs last just a few hours; some a day or two. I don’t know the actual life “time” of a Swallowtail. Monarch butterflys migrate huge distances, and return the following season; I guess their cycle is a year, from egg to egg. But I’ve never heard anything about Swallowtails. This one likes your yard, obviously!
It was surprisingly tough to find out, but the closest estimate I could get was about a month in the caterpillar stage, and maybe a couple of months as a butterfly. I was expecting a year, but what I saw indicated a much shorter span, to my surprise. If the egg is laid in the fall, it doesn’t hatch until spring. So either way, the butterfly only actively lives in the warmer months.
We have seen quite a few of these this year. The hummingbirds don’t quite know what to make of them.
So they are making a comeback! I love their coiled nosehoses (probosci).
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