A lovely female Black Swallowtail came by the garden several times today and a couple of times I was able to run and get my camera before she fluttered off. I ran back to find that she was checking out the fennel plants. She wasn’t busy feeding – no, she had other things on her mind. If you look a little closer, you’ll see …
Her abdomen is cupped under her, rubbing on the bottom side of a few fennel leaves. She’s laying more eggs! She made a few passes through the yard, stopping only on these four fennel plants to do her business. She seemed entirely disinterested in the parsley.
In case you don’t believe me, I found a handful of these little eggs on the fennel after she left:
Well, I don’t know how they find their favorite host plants. From my perspective, it seems impossible to locate four little plants amongst an entire neighborhood of plants!