Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In My Herb Garden #2



Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar



The other day when I made my morning rounds of my gardens I spied this little guy munching away on my dill plants. It's a Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillar. I only have two dill plants, because I have a small herb garden. My dilemma, do I leave him alone or do I remove him. The only thing these caterpillars eat are dill, fennel, parsley and rue. Well out of those I only have dill. So when I found that out moving him wasn't an option anymore. My friend said I should leave him and she would let me have any dill seeds I want. So I decided to just enjoy watching him eat my dill and grow. Maybe I will even see him when he becomes a beautiful butterfly!!!

4 comments:

Ruby Jean said...

Oh what a great shot you got of him..Your should get one of those Butterfly Houses where you can watch them cacoon..

Lesley said...

Awww you kind hearted gardener lol! I love dill - especially with fish!
x

Zoechaos said...

Smashing picture, the wonder of wildlife so good of your friend to share her seeds with you so this handsome chappie can eat XOXO Zoe

Donna said...

I noticed that this morning he had started his pre-pupa stage, I will get pictures this afternoon when the sun is not so bright.