Location: West Los Angeles
May 7, 2012 11:13 am
Summer came late here in 2010. When it arrived, so did the butterflies. However, it didn’t last long and when the cold weather hit, we lost over 3 dozen chrysalis’. Some that did emerge had deformed wings. They could barely fly or not fly at all.
I’m afraid history may be repeating itself as an Anise Swallowtail recently emerged with one deformed wing. It could fly, but with great difficulty.
Just thought I’d pass this on.
Signature: Jeff Bremer
Thanks so much for sending in your letter. We suspect both environmental factors and genetic factors can contribute to deformed butterflies. It would be curious to find out if anyone else is experiencing this phenomenon.