Papilio polyxynes – Eggs on Fennel

Fennel in mound garden 6-29-13

Fennel in mound garden 6-29-13

I’ve been watching my fennel plant for the presence of these eggs for a spell now.  I knew they would be coming.  Ruby was amazed to see the little yellow “marbles” that are the eggs of the black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes).  Her comment…Awwwww.  I’ll try to photography the coming caterpillars and butterflies.  It’s all about timing though.  Here’s a picture of the plant and two of the eggs.  I don’t have a good closeup lens but I like the soft look of these.
Inside these yellow spheres cells are dividing and organizing. That will happen again when the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. And then there is the death of the butterfly, yet another change followed by organization and whatever happens next. There is always a next whatever happens next.

Papilio polyxenes - egg 6-29-13 - on fennel

Papilio polyxenes – egg 6-29-13 – on fennel


Papilio polyxenes - egg - 6-29-13

Papilio polyxenes – egg – 6-29-13

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