Pipevine Swallowtail Eggs
I've counted eight clusters of PVS eggs today, so there are at least that many. Some of the clusters are small, some are big. Here's one of them -
I brought in three small clusters I found on pipevine/A. tomentosa sprouts in the grass by the garden. I'll undoubtedly bring in more to raise. I'm somewhat concerned that my Mama butterfly has laid too many eggs for the food available. I put chicken manure around the base of the vines a few weeks ago, and with the good rains we've had lately, they made lots of new growth, including one small group of vines that I've had for years, but never have grown very big. They're finally making those big, thick stems that they make when they're growing vigorously and making plenty of new branches and leaves for those voracious caterpillars. I got this picture of my Mama pipevine swallowtail - she's worn-looking, having lost her tails and plenty of eggs, too!