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FOR SALE, Black Swallowtail Butterfly eggs

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Papilio polyxenes --  Black Swallowtail Butterfly eggs.
$8 for first dozen (+ $5.00 each additional dozen) + $8.00 2-3 day USPS Priority Mail shipping.  Please use "Friends and Family" option to pay by PayPal.  U.S.A. orders only please. 

Foodplants: Any plant within the carrot family (Apiaceae):  Anise, Carrot (=Queen Anne’s Lace), Caraway, Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Parsnip, etc.  I use wild parsnip, which is abundant in wild areas here and has big leaves that are easily collected.  


Parents of eggs are from unrelated reared Iowa stock (F0), equivalent to “wild.”

Note:  Butterfly eggs hatch quickly, so USPS Priority Mail Shipping is required.  Eggs are sensitive to excessive heat, so please do not supply an address that delivers to a mailbox in the sun.  Please allow me a full week to ship because the eggs you have purchased have probably not been laid yet, other orders may be ahead of yours, and butterflies do not lay many eggs on cloudy days.  The eggs have to be less than 36 hours old when I ship them or they are likely to hatch in transit.  If the package is delayed by USPS, I will either re-ship or refund the order and shipping charges, because all problems associated with shipping are the responsibility of the seller. 

The Black Swallowtail Butterfly has multiple broods each year.  The pupae that you raise from these eggs will be mostly brown if the larvae are exposed to the shortening days of fall during their final instar.  Green pupae are generally larger and will eclose within two weeks.  Only brown pupae can overwinter successfully. 

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