The Birth of a Giant Swallowtail

Nothing is more exciting than watching the birth of a baby. When that baby is a new butterfly, well, it is quite fascinating! Each butterfly 'baby' is so unique that to be able to capture it in pictures is…well, see for yourself. Here's the birth of a Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes).

First, there was the egg. After five days, the egg darkened and the head of the larva (caterpillar) became visible.

A little hole was made and…

here I come!
Almost there,
Oooh come on, come on…

Yes! I did it!

Now it is time to go and find something to eat.