Black Swallowtail butterfly emerged

Asked April 5, 2020, 10:06 PM EDT

Hi, I hope you guys could help us. We overwintering a black swallowtail chrysalis on our unheated front porch in south Minneapolis. Well it emerged today and it seems a little soon. Is it okay to just release it...into certain doom? Could we try to feed it and keep it in the porch for a couple of weeks? I was hoping he’d come out last summer but the little guy just stayed in there all winter. Any advice you might have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, Audrey

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for writing.
I think it is unlikely that you can keep this butterfly alive on your porch. In the larger cycle of life, it is also food for birds.
I suggest that you put some parsley and some carrot tops on your porch and also open the door so that it can choose and nature can take its course.
https://nhpbs.org/wild/karnerblackswallowtail.asp