Where do black swallowtails migrate?
The caterpillars from my black swallowtails have emerged and are ready to be released. My second graders will do this in the next couple of days. I would like to be able to tell them where they are going???
Black swallowtails do not migrate like monarchs. Did you mean your butterflies (instead of caterpillars) emerged? If you meant butterflies, there probably will be one more generation of black swallowtails in your area that will go from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and then overwinter in a chrysalis. The last generation of black swallowtails in the fall remain in a chrysalis outside in the winter (this is called diapause - a sort of hibernation) and emerge when it warms up in the spring. So that it what you can tell your students! Read more about the black swallowtail chrysalis.