Raising Giant Swallowtail Butterflies

After finding some black swallowtail caterpillars in our garden earlier this summer, we were very surprised to find giant swallowtail caterpillars too. We were even more surprised because these caterpillars looked like bird poop! That is how my son identified them. He typed "caterpillars that look like bird poop" into a Google search engine, and … Continue reading Raising Giant Swallowtail Butterflies

Raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Earlier this summer, we saw a monarch butterfly laying eggs on our milkweed plant, but when the caterpillars were very tiny, they disappeared. We believe a wasp preyed upon them. That was disappointing, but soon after, we found some other interesting caterpillars in our yard. We identified these as black swallowtails. There were seven. We didn't take … Continue reading Raising Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Book: My Family and Other Animals

Thanks to Laura H., who left a comment on my blog about a year ago recommending Gerald Durrell's books, I have a new favorite book...or books. (I am planning to read all of Durrell's books as soon as I can get my hands on them.) My Family and Other Animals combines my two favorite things: … Continue reading Book: My Family and Other Animals