Daily Archives: July 26, 2022

Picking up where I left off


It’s been a minute. I always start writing these in my head and never quite get around to posting anything. I’m always looking for that hook – the thing I should focus on – my content calendar development, ugh, it’s exhausting.

So instead, I’m just going to share a random update, thought or idea that I think might be helpful to someone. We will cover a wide range of topics from banners to beauty to butterflies. Today’s update, butterflies…..

Black Swallowtail butterflies to be exact. Many years ago, Alex and I planted some parsley on the front stoop – our first attempt at a #stoopgarden. When I found a little black and white caterpillar on the parsley I was intrigued to figure out what it was.

I learned a lot – butterflies lay eggs on different plants that can support their young. Parsley is a favorite of the black swallowtail. So I brought it inside and put it in a net that I bought on Amazon and watched the magic happen. In a few days, you have this beautiful caterpillar. I know Monarch chrysalis is iconic, but this is really the iconic caterpillar.

They eat all your parsley and in a few weeks, you get a beautiful butterfly.

Female Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly

You can tell the girls from the boys by their coloring. The girls have a lot more blue and the boys have a lot more yellow. (maybe these should be the new “baby colors” for gender reveal parties)

This year I currently have the following growing in my butterfly net.

  1. chrysalis
  2. 21 baby caterpillars (still in their black and white stage)
  3. 2 eggs

Follow along and I will try to post updates of the babies as they emerge. I’m also posting them on my Instagram.

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