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Black Swallowtail Emerging - Papilio polyxenes - female

Black Swallowtail Emerging - Papilio polyxenes - Female
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
September 3, 2005
Final shot. I started this process with about 40 caterpillars. Of those, 3 did not make it past the caterpillar stage, 1 died half-way into the pupal stage, 1 emerged deformed, around 32 emerged and flew away (some immediately and for some it took a couple days), and three have not emerged yet. Interestingly, there were far more females than males. I would guess 75% were female.

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Moved
Moved from Black Swallowtail.

Congratulations!
This is a great piece of work.

 
Swallowtail Butterfly
HOw big are those (4 inches?)

Very pretty.

 
Yes,
the wingspan can be around 4 inches or 10 cm.

 
That's a nice success rate -
congratulations!

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