Is anybody out there spotting butterfly caterpillars in your garden? Please share!
I planted parsley by butterfly weed, hoping to attract Monarchs. Instead, Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars are eating the last of the parsley in our herb garden. Yesterday I spotted five, today only four (oh!) as well as one little fellow about to molt. You can see him in the pic on the left. I'm thrilled.
I was thrilled to find 8 swallowtail caterpillars on my bronze fennel. Fennel is the nectar plant of the swallowtail butterfly. I didn't see any monarchs anywhere this year. It's really distressing.
Yes!! We have had 3 generations of monarch larva on our butterfly weed. How cool for you to see the swallowtails on your fennel. We see these at our nursery. I also see a few horn worms from various sphinx moths.
Oh, how wonderful! Had a monarch last year on butterfly weed but not this year. ): I'll keep hoping! Love your photo!
Thank you! It's amazing how each generation strips the plant, but the milkweed regenerates in time for the next adult monarchs to lay eggs. Wow!
I had six swallowtail cats on my dill about a month ago. They grew so fast! I'd check on them every day. I haven't seen any monarchs this year, but hoping I spot some before the summer ends. I mostly have black and yellow swallowtails, red admirals and cabbage whites visit my yard. Oh an a variety of different bees too.
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