I found a swallowtail chrysalis on the bronze fennel they’ve devoured all summer.
About one inch long, the length from the end of my thumb to the knuckle, it is held off the fennel stalk by two thin threads. I keep an eye on it every day.
It’s worth remembering to look carefully as you clean up the garden in late summer and early fall. I’m relieved I didn’t throw this into the compost pile. Instead, it remains at the end of my front walk, where I pass by it several times a day. Dragonflies perch above it, perhaps, like me, anticipating the big show.
I always grow fennel but this year is was crowded out by another plant so my swallowtail cats have been munching on the parsley, rue, ammi, and carrots. I love how neon that chrysalis is. Very flashy! 🙂