It’s probably Papilio polyxenes. You can call it a black swallowtail if it’s an adult, or a parsley worm if it’s a larva. Apparently the color of the chrysalis is highly variable, allowing some of the caterpillars to survive regardless of what they’re overwintering on. It’ll reappear as an adult in the spring. Adults have a high degree of sexual dimorphism: Boys have larger yellow spots on a field of black while girls have some prominent blue patches at the bottom of the hind wing. It’ll be easy to tell once it emerges. This individual spent a month or so munching on a carrot. The carrot suffered, but there were other carrots, so it’s all good. Enough carrots for everybody. And next year, cool butterflies.
Take a good look at the seedpod on this common blue violet, Viola sororia.
Here’s a close up.
Sorta alien lookin‘, aren’t they?
Here’s a bee. ———->
<——— And here’s a fly.
So, what’s the difference?
Bees: fluffy, long antenna, four wings.
Flies: not fluffy, short antenna, two wings.
Not a perfect distinction, but a good starting point. Except for the wing thing. That always works. Flies only ever got two.
The needlepoint is slightly lacking. Look at this:
This second leaf is much better———->
So…rather than tearing the whole thing out and redoing, if a thread of of the darker blue is stitched randomly on top of the highlight, it might even it out a bit. And hey, it did. See? Much better.
Finally! They is done. 24 tiny sweaters, ready for gifting, each unique. Okay, mostly unique. And here they are:
The tiny sweaters fit quite nicely on obnoxiously pink Barbie doll hangers, although they may require painting. The hangers, not the sweaters. Don’t paint your sweaters. Adding a turtleneck makes it hard to hang them, so that can be a thing to consider. But don’t omit the hangers; they are useful if you want to hide something within the sweaters, say a piece of chocolate, which could be taped in or attached to the hanger with a safety pin. Also, the yarn stash has been greatly reduced, which is always a plus.
So the end is that a passel of tiny sweaters is rather enjoyable to make and will use up a bunch of yarn. Now back to the regularly scheduled needlepoint and frog observations.