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Black swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes - female

Black swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes - Female
Wichita, Kansas, USA
May 10, 2007
This beautiful butterfly began pupating last August 31 and finally emerged today. Is this a typical length of time?

Moved
Moved from Black Swallowtail.

For swallowtails, yes
Swallowtail chrysalises overwinter, according to Wagner.

I guess it wouldn't make since for it to come out until the spring, since they need to lay their eggs on the food plant.

 
Thank you...
for your comments. The reason for my question is that another one began pupating on the very same day and emerged three weeks ago. I know the duration of pupation can vary, but was just curious if this one took a longer time than usual. This one looked so dead I had actually given up on it. I have a Tiger swallowtail in a chrysalis looking equally "dead"--maybe it will surprise me, too.

 
Hope it does!
By the way, this is a great picture.

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