These pretty, green caterpillars live on my carrot tops in the garden. A friend told me to keep them, and they turn into beautiful butterflies in just a couple weeks. So we put 4 in our butterfly house and got our first butterfly today!! So amazing! It took this guy one day to hang himself and get his cocoon and 10 days to hatch. I'm facinated with this.
In the chrysalis:
They are called Black Swallowtail Butterflies:
We will set him free after I'm done looking at him...maybe tomorrow. Truly amazing.