I was trimming my issai kiwis today when I saw a chrysalis. Anyone know what it might be? Should I leave it alone, or are there any kiwi bugs that might be dangerous to my plants?
Looks like a zebra swallow tail butterfly or some other butterfly. Do you grow pawpaw?
I do grow paw paw! There are two paw paw trees within 20 feet or so of the kiwi arbor!
I wonder how the caterpillar got from the paw paws to the kiwis though? Do they eat kiwis too?
Thanks for the ID!
Idk I’ve seen a chrysalis on a garage door before so who knows. I’m pretty sure it’s a zebra swallowtail. I grow pawpaws too and get zebra’s every year it’s pretty cool.
Definitely a friend! The caterpillars of many swallowtails will crawl a distance from the host plant before they form their chrysalis, probably to avoid predators that might look for them. Adult Zebra Swallowtails occasionally show up around Philly but I don’t think I’ve had any caterpillars on my Pawpaws, but I have had Pipevine Swallowtails on my Pipevines. Beautiful butterflies!
I’m excited, I hope I can catch it when it emerges!
I’m just outside Philadelphia, so maybe the zebra swallowtails will be making their way over to your paw paws soon (assuming that’s what I have)!