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Dec 8, 2020 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Laurie
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Zebra Swallowtail

Caterpillars feed exclusively on pawpaw trees.

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Dec 8, 2020 6:06 PM CST
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Love it! Lovey dubby
Dec 8, 2020 6:12 PM CST
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Great banner Laurie!
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Dec 8, 2020 6:14 PM CST
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How lovely! Lovey dubby
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Dec 8, 2020 6:15 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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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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Dec 8, 2020 6:23 PM CST
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Brilliant banner! Lovey dubby
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Dec 8, 2020 6:35 PM CST
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What an amazing banner, Laurie. Endless cheers! Hurray! Hurray!
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Dec 8, 2020 7:03 PM CST
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Wow! Nice banner!
Dec 8, 2020 7:09 PM CST
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Very cool Smiling
Dec 8, 2020 7:52 PM CST
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Gorgeous picture, gorgeous banner!
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Dec 8, 2020 8:30 PM CST
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Name: Laurie
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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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Dec 8, 2020 9:04 PM CST
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An exciting banner, love it! 🦓 🦓 🦓 🦓 🦓(these are suppose to be zebras)
Dec 8, 2020 9:42 PM CST
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Awesome banner Laurie! Great photo.
Dec 8, 2020 9:50 PM CST
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I agree with all of the above. Fabulous banner!
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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
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Dramatic. Great detail. Good work! Thumbs up
Dec 9, 2020 6:30 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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
Dec 9, 2020 1:28 PM CST
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Name: Laurie
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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
Dec 9, 2020 2:37 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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. )
Learn and/or create something every day.

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Dec 9, 2020 5:35 PM CST
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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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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