Friday, July 11, 2014

Black Swallowtail Larvae



I'm growing dill this year mainly to use in pickling, so I don't mind so much that the little patch of fragrant herbs are being consumed by these beautiful black swallowtail caterpillars.  At least, I won't mind until I go to make pickles, in which case… bummer.  So many of these little guys are hanging out that I'm thinking another round of seed sowing is in order so they won't run out of food-- I would love to see some black swallowtail chrysalises in the garden!  Now to figure out where that seed packet went...



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  1. I found two of them on my fennel plants this morning. I've been looking for them. I planted the fennel last year for the butterflies (parsley too). I also have seen 3 prayingmantids (3 different locations) which makes me happy. (Helen in Tulsa)

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    1. They are gone from my plants now - I'm not sure where they all went! I've had them eat my parsley before too. Praying mantis is my favorite insect! Just spotted a baby one hanging out in the tomatoes a few days ago!

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