Caterpillar chronicle, continued

One week ago, I bought a bronze fennel plant at the nursery and on it was a tiny, black smudge of a caterpillar – a very young black swallowtail larva. I have been watching all week as it has grown, and every day it’s noticeably larger. I am expecting it to pupate soon.

Here’s a close up. You can practically hear it munching. I am so glad I am one of those people who notices the little things going on in my garden. Nature makes my days much more interesting.


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Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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5 Responses to Caterpillar chronicle, continued

  1. HerbDoc says:

    He’s gorgeous! Now that you have fennel, it will always be there. I started out with one plant years ago, and let most of them go to seed for new plants the following spring. I love the foamy, purple sprays in my herb garden, and the swallowtails they attract!


  2. CJ Wright says:

    I’m glad you are, too, dn. 🙂


  3. lesleymclaughlin says:

    How very exciting. I don’t imagine they are very common. Saw one early Friday morning at our local Community Garden. It was slowly making its way across a raised row between the young vegetable plants. The previous day we had sprayed (organic) for those teeny tiger-striped squash bugs, so I hope it was not disoriented or dying! Gorgeous colors. Thanks for the ID – I didn’t know, and am so pleased that at least *some* swallowtails may grace the farm.


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