Black Swallowtail Butterfly Larva

Have you seen these caterpillars in your garden?

Black Swallowtail Butterfly LarvaThese are pretty Black Swallowtail butterfly larva  that recently hatched on my dill and fennel, which are both primary food plants for this species. Without these specific plants, the caterpillars will die and no butterflies will be produced.

black swallowtail butterflyTo preserve a colony of black swallowtails in your yard, consider planting a patch of dill or fennel away from the main garden as food for these flying flowers. That way, you can relocate destructive caterpillars found on garden crops to those in the butterfly plot.  If you like butterflies, you might also like to read my article Flying Flowers: The Beauty of Butterflies.

Enjoy!  ShowMeOz.Wordpress.com

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2 responses to “Black Swallowtail Butterfly Larva

  1. I just saw one of these butterflies in my yard yesterday. Thanks for the info!

    • You bet, Karla! We love watching them flit around the yard. Well worth the effort of providing food plants for! I have a friend in Louisiana who has taken to raising monarch butterflies in her tiny backyard, which goes to show that you don’t need a huge garden to make butterflies happy! 🙂

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