Have you seen these caterpillars in your garden?
These 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.
To 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.
Posted in Nature Notes, Organic Gardening
Tagged black swallowtail butterfly, caterpillar, dill, fennel, food source, gardening, jill henderson, larva, nature, show me oz
By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
A Journey of Seasons
It is fall all over the place here in the Ozarks! The sunburnt days of summer drought have been replaced by moisture-laden mists and golden afternoon sunlight – perfect for a long leisurely walk through the woods. Sometimes I get lucky and run across one of the creative and colorful caterpillars of the Ozarks.
Posted in Nature Notes, The Ozarks
Tagged A Journey of Seasons, Actias luna, black swallowtail, butterfly, caterpillar, hornworm sphinx moth, Isabella Tiger Moth, Isia Isabella, jill henderson, larva, Luna Moth, moth, show me oz, spicebush swallowtail, swallowtail caterpillar, wooly bear