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“Your baby looks like a piece of tree bark.”
“Oh, yeah? Well, yours looks like a bird dropping!”

A conversation overheard in Anger Management class? No, just two swallowtail butterfly moms complimenting each other on their respective offspring's good looks.

Tiger Swallowtails lay one egg at a time to the underside of a protective leaf, but they do that about a hundred times on a hundred different leaves! Each green egg morphs into something that is rather, shall we say, organic-looking; then next it’s a bright green caterpillar with eyespots. After four more molts, voila: A pupa! And a week or so later, a beautiful butterfly.

The tiger swallowtail was the subject of the first known drawing of a North American butterfly, created in 1567 by one John White, a member of Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition to Virginia. (I dare say this world would have been better off with more insect drawings and less tobacco, Sir Raleigh!)

This hand-painted pillow measures 20”x20”x5” thick, rendered in nontoxic textile paint on indoor-outdoor fabric. This would look fab-yoo-lous on a garden bench, porch swing, hammock or patio furniture. Don’t worry about the weather; this pillow can take it. If soiled, just hose it off, spot clean it, or machine wash it gently and air dry (polyester fiberfill insert is removable).

Designed, painted, sewn, stuffed, signed and copyrighted on a beautiful island north of Seattle where we love the sight of the Western Tiger Swallowtail. I have heard that just when the caterpillar’s world is coming to an end, he emerges as a butterfly. Thank you for looking.

© Copyrighted 2011 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly pillow 20" painted papillion chrysalis pupa caterpillar spring migration entomology garden Crabby Chris Original

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  • Materials: commercial all weather upholstery fabric, nontoxic textile paint, polyester fiberfill in polypropylene casing, tender loving care
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