Wikipedia Photo). It is true, last year was a remarkable year around here for both tiger and black swallowtail butterflies.
Wikipedia Photo). I don't know how I could have missed such characters in the yard last summer, but I will definitely be looking for them this year.
In the meanwhile, I am tempted to clip off a twig with a chrysalis and bring it inside so I don't miss the butterfly emerging, but I don't want to mess with its timing if bringing it inside the warm house would cause it to emerge too soon. So, I will just be checking the rolled up leaves every day.
I think this variety of magnolia is named "Yellow Butterflies" because it looks like a cloud of butterflies when it is blooming, but how appropriate that it hosts Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, too!