Black swallowtail caterpillar.
Notice the thin silk thread that it made.
It attaches to its body and the stick.
When we came home, I looked up on the internet the type of caterpillar and what the butterfly will look like. Found out they are the black swallowtail butterfly that like to eat plants in the carrot family.
The first butterfly had already transformed itself in two days.
Notice how it it blends in with the background.
The thin silk thread it makes prior to turning itself into a chrysallis
is on the right hand side.
Found out that the black swallowtail caterpillar will make its cocoon similar in color to its surroundings. Three of the cocoons are green and one is brown (the caterpillar chose to make a cocoon on a stick).
All of the cocoons are held in place by a very thin silk line.
Once the butterflies emerge, the pictures will be added to this post so the life cycle is shown in one place.