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Saturday, 16 August 2008

Can you tell me what this caterpillar is ?


Hey ! can anyone tell me what type of (hopefully) butterfly this guy might grow up to be ? I found him on my curly parsley and was astounded ! I have grown fennel and all sorts trying to draw in some butterfly .. even just one .. but nothing till now .. so HELP !! what is this guy ???




10 comments:

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Yeah Joy, you did it. You have a baby black swallowtail butterfly. Congratulations.

Nancy J. Bond said...

It looks like a Black Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar, Joy. I'm no expert, though. :) This fellow looks very much like yours.
http://tinyurl.com/58u6hk

Barbee' said...

Hi GardenJoy, yes, your lovely caterpillar is a baby black swallowtail butterfly! I did a post about them with photos. If you would like to compare them to yours I will leave the link here, but you will need to scroll down about half way of the page to get to the photos. CLICK HERE

Shibaguyz said...

Looks like you have a black swallowtail caterpillar! They tend to love to munch on parsley, fennel and carrot tops. Keep an eye on this guy... it's going to be beautiful!

mr_subjunctive said...

It's a black swallowtail caterpillar.

Laurie from My Garden To Yours said...

I call them parsley caterpillars..lol. I do know they turn into swallowtails - black ones I think. You are lucky to have these caterpillars even though they eat the parsley. My population has been low this year - no caterpillars and lack of butterflies. Sad.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

It's a black swallowtail! I grow parsley just for these guys.

cindee said...

I don't know what type of butterfly that will be. Looks pretty though(-:

Crafty Gardener said...

That's a black swallowtail caterpillar. They love munching on parsley.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Crafty ! .. thank you for the ID ! .. I have grown flat leaf parsley and no sign of this guy .. I guess they have a thing for curly leaf ? LOL

Cindee .. you and I were in the dark about this amazing little one .. wow ! I'll be taking pictures as it comes along to "show time" ? .. it promises to be gorgeous : )

Robin .. thanks ! I grow lots of herbs but this is the first year seeing such a wonderful creature on my deck .. I'm well impressed : )

Hello Laurie .. thanks for letting me know .. I hoped it would be good news and wow ! I am like a kid with candy now .. I have grown so many butterfly "foods" but this is a first for me ! .. sorry about the drop in population where you are .. but ours has finally come back up after quite a few years without ..well worth the wait though !

Hello mr_subjunctive ! thank you for the information ! I am really looking forward to how this progresses .. it fascinates me : )

Hello there shibaguyz ! thank you for responding ! I am so excited about seeing an actual butterfly come to life from my deck like this .. now I will worry until it is "born" and if it will be safe .. moms, what can you do with them ?? LOL

barbee ! thank you for your link ! the picture was beautiful and it has made me so look forward to what is to come ! fingers crossed it all goes well and we see this beauty come to life : )

Nancy ! .. I have had so many responses I am amazed at what this little guy is going to grow up ? to be !! I will be taking pictures .. and heaven knows , checking on him daily .. several times no doubt ? haha

Debbie .. honest to god that is what it feels like .. that I am having a baby and I'm too excited to believe ? First time MOM ! : )