Papilio zelicaon zelicaon
Photo Life History: Papilio zelicaon zelicaon
Suitable Lab Host Plants: Most any parsley will do. Raising larvae on native host Foeniculum vulgare works great.
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Feed females regularly.
Methods of Female Oviposition: Open Screen Cages
How to Find Eggs: Isolated Host Plants.
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Isolated Host Plants
Larva to Pupa: Larva purges and wanders
How to Find Pupae in the Field: Normally difficult; but, Southern California P. zelicaon have been known to pupate right on fennel.
Number of Broods per Year: 1-4 depending upon location.
Overwintering Stage: Pupa.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every four to six days using the open bucket or open terrarium techniques.
Emergence: Emergence Container
Field Notes: Anise swallowtail caterpillars are not difficult to find in areas where the adults fly in good numbers. If you can't find caterpillars on local fennel, try setting up a female to get eggs.