Technically, I believe they are still larva. But by early evening I believe they will enter the "pupa" stage (I've been reading up the life cycle of a Swallowtail butterfly).
See how the little feet have let go of the stick? They are now going to shed their skin for the last time and form a chrysalis. Once it forms the cocoon, it's a pupa.
Gotta run---have only 8 minutes to me and the pupii (pupas?) to work! I am taking them to work so I don't miss the big change from larva to pupa. 3:30pm update: Nothing happened all day at work. Everytime I checked the larvea, they looked the same. If I pulled out the stick to show someone, they would wiggle a bit, but nothing else. Darn! They will probably make the big change while I am sleeping tonight.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.
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