First black swallowtail chrysalis of 2013!

A beautiful black swallowtail butterfly will emerge from this twig-like-looking chrysalis that was formed earlier today. Notice how the caterpillar attached itself to the stick with some white threads secreted from a gland near its mouth. 

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The full-grown black swallowtail caterpillar leaves its food source (Queen Anne's lace) and searches for a good place to make its chrysalis. 

The full-grown black swallowtail caterpillar leaves its food source (Queen Anne's lace) and searches for a good place to make its chrysalis. 

The black, green, and yellow-dotted black swallowtail caterpillar prepares to form a chrysalis.

The black, green, and yellow-dotted black swallowtail caterpillar prepares to form a chrysalis.