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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Caterpillar ID Please?

This little caterpillar was on my fennel this morning .. not a great picture because I was rushed .. but if anyone can tell me what sort of guest this is ? I would appreciate it !
PS .. I just went out to check on him and he is another heart breaker like my Curly Joe was .. I can't find him now ;-(

10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It looks like the first instar of a Blackswallowtail Butterfly. I hope you let them eat your fennel and grow up to beautify the planet. Birds love to gobble them up. They have a hard time. They will grow up to be some beautiful caterpillars.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Lisa girl I have grown dill and fennel and parsley, all of what butterflies love for years and haven't seen the full stages yet .. I had one a couple of years ago on my parsley but Curly Joe just disappeared on me .. I have no problem with them eating anything ! I am so excited to have any "butterfly in the making" I do the Happy Dance !

Kate said...

Caterpillar i.d.?

Oh, that's easy. It's a black one! :)

GardenJoy4Me said...

Kate girl ... you are too naughty to believe ! .. wait a minute .. I do believe you are NAUGHTY !! hehehe ;-)

perennialgardener said...

I agree with Lisa, it looks like the Black Swallowtail caterpillar to me too. :) Congrats, maybe you'll get to watch the whole evolution stage until it turns into a beautiful butterfly.

Kyna said...

That thing is so cool!! :D

CiNdEe said...

I am sure its going to be a pretty one(-: No idea!!!(-:
I like the idea of the swallowtail though(-: I guess I could search online to find out(-:

GardenJoy4Me said...

Thanks Racquel girl : ) It seems to go back into the plant during the day and comes out early moment .. it is tiny really and I didn't notice it for a long time .. I would love to see the whole process !!!

Kyna girl I was just so excited to see it .. I have grown loads of herbs each year waiting to see things like this happen : )

Cindee : ) I have to do some searching myself because this has been a year when I have seen more butterflies and it has been wonderful !!! .. hey .. you aren't working yourself into the ground again are you ? ;-)

Meadowview Thymes said...

Joy, I think swallowtail too! I saw one of the butterflies this afternoon. I planted dill just for a host plant, but it is still kind of small. And the milkweed is ready for the monarchs when they come!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Thanks Linda girl ! I have some more pictures of MORE little ones : )
Husband and I counted what we could see as 9 !!!! I am so happy to see them all : )