Thursday, June 25, 2015


Three chrysalises visited Mastery Camp Smithfield yesterday. Look who emerged this morning! Kids learned about camouflage (black swallowtail caterpillars transform into green or brown pupas to match their surroundings) and made preying mantids with cardboard tubes, sticks, and leaves.  Caterpillars were collected at Waddington Elementary in Riverside, Ri, where we grow dill especially for them!  Black swallowtail caterpillars eat the leaves of dill, carrot, fennel, parsley, parsnip, Queen Anne's lace, and others in that family while the adults feed on the nectar of flowers, including  milkweed, thistle, red clover, and zinnia.  

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All photos © Melissa Guillet

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