lorquins and swallowtails

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Greetings. With the sun out, the butterflies in the yard are going 
nuts. At least two Lorquin's Admirals are cruising around. It is always 
fun to watch the males fly up at any intruder, particularly western 
tiger swallowtails, which seem to be all over the place. I am 
particularly partial to Lorquin's because I found three larvae in our 
yard this spring. They were eating our ocean spray. The larvae are 
rather intriguing; they look like bird poop with two black spikes 
protruding up from one end. When at rest they raise their rumps (if 
that is what you call the rear end of a caterpillar) in hopes of 
fooling would be predators. Two of the larvae eventually morphed into 
chrysalids, which I brought inside. The third may have been eaten or it 
went on a walkabout and I never located its chrysalis. After 12 and 14 
days, respectively, a butterfly appeared from each chrysalis. I felt 
like a proud parent and like to think that the Lorquins in our yard may 
have been born here.

Wishing everyone happy bugging experiences.
David Williams

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