The swallowtail caterpillars are getting so big now, and at least one of them is starting to develop its green color. I cannot believe how quickly these caterpillars increase in size! Now that they're large enough to easily see, I was able to count 7 total on the dill. Yikes! I think I'm going to need more dill to feed these eating machines!
So as I was moving pots around because I wanted to get a photo of the swallowtail cats, I found a monarch chrysalis! Yay! It's attached to pot of a penstemon flower I have setting on top of a small table on the patio. I would have never even seen it had I not wanted to get a photo of the swallowtails and started moving things around. This is so exciting! I really, REALLY hope this guy makes it since the last chrysalis I found was eaten on the same day. Ugh. I wonder how many other chrysalises there could be in my garden that I haven’t found.
Lastly, I noticed that there’s something on my rue. It’s very small, and I couldn’t tell if it was a caterpillar or not, but I’ll be keeping an eye on that just in case.
Every day there is a new surprise! Butterfly gardening is so much fun!