20 July 2011
The Black Swallowtails never found the carrots (or at least never oviposited on them). When autumn came I just cut the tops without harvesting the carrots, mulched them, and left the roots in place over the winter. This year they used the energy stored in those roots to generate marvelous inflorescences -
Banded Hairstreak rather than a Hickory Hairstreak or Edwards' Hairstreak, but it's not important. What's most interesting is that he/she has a through-and-through hole in the hindwing (a bit of green shows through) probably as a residuum of escaping from a bird attack.