Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I noticed many eggs of the round, leptidopteran persuasion in the fennel today. Little doubt that these are Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon.
I know at least one of the caterpillars from last year survived to adulthood and it's encouraging they are back laying eggs this year. Last year's 2nd instar caterpillars were seen on June 19, so the timing this year is similar.
Maybe if this year's clutch is successful Anise swallowtails will be a more frequent sight around the place in the future.