|A black swallowtail butterfly egg! It's about the size of the tip of a ball-point pen. Those are my giant fingertips on the left.|
Black swallowtails have time to complete two generations in northern locations like New York. Today's egg is likely to hatch and reach the pupal stage, enter diapause, spend the winter as a pupa, and emerge as a butterfly next spring.
That reminds me that summer is almost over. And that reminds me of these lines by Li Po.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.