I’ve been hoping to snap some photos to follow up on my butterfly garden post, but the butterflies are so darn skittish that they flutter away as soon as they see me coming. The other morning when I walked out to the mailbox I noticed that my parsley plant had been completely demolished overnight—no leaves left at all, just stalks sticking up. I immediately blamed the neighborhood rabbits, but then I looked closer and saw this little fellow. I planted parsley specifically to accommodate butterfly babies, and here they are!
Upon closer inspection there were several caterpillars scattered around my garden! I’m going to keep an eye on them to see if they build cocoons. I looked it up, and these seem to be swallowtail caterpillars. I might need to plant some more parsley to fill their bellies.