Certain plants are planted here at My Garden Path to be larval food for the many butterflies that add their beauty to the garden.
Dill, parsley, and rue were planted to attract the Black Swallowtail butterfly. So far, dill has been the favorite choice.
When this chrysalis was formed the dill was alive and green. Now, the bright green chrysalis really stands out against the brown seed head.
This beautiful butterfly is a favorite of mine. I love the way they just seem to float in the air. I am always amazed that each type of butterfly has its own favorite plant for larval food and the female of each species finds that particular plant for egg-laying.
How this Monarch chrysalis ended up attached to a leatherleaf fern I have no idea. The milkweed that is the larval food for the Monarch caterpillar is at least 30 feet away. Other chrysalises were attached to the fence right next to the milkweed.
There are many reasons I love gardening. Sharing my love of nature with the grandchildren is #1.