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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Dec 8, 2020 6:01 PM CST
Zebra Swallowtail

Caterpillars feed exclusively on pawpaw trees.

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Danita
Dec 8, 2020 6:06 PM CST
Love it! Lovey dubby
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Dec 8, 2020 6:12 PM CST
Great banner Laurie!
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pod
Dec 8, 2020 6:14 PM CST
How lovely! Lovey dubby
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Name: Elizabeth
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arctangent
Dec 8, 2020 6:15 PM CST
Outstanding. There are very few paw paw trees left up here, so I guess that explains why I don't see this kind of butterfly.
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 8, 2020 6:23 PM CST
Brilliant banner! Lovey dubby
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KFredenburg
Dec 8, 2020 6:35 PM CST
What an amazing banner, Laurie. Endless cheers! Hurray! Hurray!
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Dec 8, 2020 7:03 PM CST
Wow! Nice banner!
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dirtdorphins
Dec 8, 2020 7:09 PM CST
Very cool Smiling
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joannakat
Dec 8, 2020 7:52 PM CST
Gorgeous picture, gorgeous banner!
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Dec 8, 2020 8:30 PM CST
Thank you all for comments, thumbs and acorns! Paw paws are often planted around here for fruit and maybe as an ornamental (though it doesn't have showy flowers or good fall color). With all of the paw paws around, we are beginning to see a few zebra swallowtails. This particular one I raised from a young caterpillar this summer.
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Fleur569
Dec 8, 2020 9:04 PM CST
An exciting banner, love it! 🦓 🦓 🦓 🦓 🦓(these are suppose to be zebras)
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Dec 8, 2020 9:42 PM CST
Awesome banner Laurie! Great photo.
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touchofsky
Dec 8, 2020 9:50 PM CST
I agree with all of the above. Fabulous banner!
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Name: Margie
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Dec 8, 2020 9:57 PM CST
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Beautiful banner Laurie
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Dec 8, 2020 10:23 PM CST
Dramatic. Great detail. Good work! Thumbs up
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Dec 9, 2020 6:30 AM CST
Spectacular banner! Thumbs up

Also, thanks for protecting & raising the caterpillar. Smiling

Can you please post the whole image, as well as any of the caterpillar
& chrysalis if possible? Smiling
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Dec 9, 2020 1:28 PM CST
Thank you, all! I managed to raise 5 to adulthood, and 2 more are still in the pupal stage--hoping they will emerge next spring. Crossing Fingers!

Here are a few pictures:

Caterpillars are striped, various colors:

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Pupa. These were either green or brownish, but one was a very pale color. My theory is that the color depends on the surroundings (green foliage or dead foliage):

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Adult picture used in banner:

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My best adult picture. I'm going to print this and frame it. Smiling

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It was fun raising them and exciting to see them complete development. I collected the cats and placed them on pawpaw twigs with a few leaves stuck in water. The leaves remained fresh for several days, so I didn't have to change them often. I read that they are cannibalistic, so each cat had its own cage. I'd have to go back and look at my notes, but I think it took about 3-4 weeks to get to the pupation stage, but I started with different ages of cats.

Last year I tried to simply monitor caterpillars as they developed outside on the pawpaw trees, but wasps found them and carried them away!! Glare
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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Dec 9, 2020 2:37 PM CST
Wow! Thanks, Laurie for those beautiful images!
3 acorns for babysitting the "cats", and 2 for the great pics! Thumbs up

BTW, we did that for monarchs a few years ago, and several
anise swallowtails this year. I set up a security camera
to catch 2 of them making & emerging from their chrysalis.
(sorry, pics & video are buried somewhere Rolling my eyes. )
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Dec 9, 2020 5:35 PM CST
Thanks for the extra acorns, Cal, Margie and Elizabeth! And everyone for the likes. I did get to see one emerge. There was a little "crack!" and within a few seconds the butterfly split out of the chrysalis. It was fast! (stayed up all night to see it happen Hilarious! )
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