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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dill and Swallowtails

 I planted dill for the first time this year. I was hoping that I could put up some jars of pickles and have some homegrown dill heads to put in the jars. As it turns out, my dill may be used for another purpose this year. When I was out tonight watering the garden and puttering about, I found three tiny black swallowtail caterpillars crawling around on the dill flowers.
This is the first time I've found a swallowtail caterpillar in the yard, although we see the butterflies around the yard every year. Some of their other host plants are parsley, fennel, carrots, and Queen Anne's lace. This is the first year we've had any of those plants in the yard (dill, parsley, and carrots). Hopefully I'll be able to watch these guys as they go through their life cycle.

6 comments:

Mama and Papa Shep said...

"I know what they used to be." - Grandma Jean

esp said...

I was thinking about her while I was looking at these guys. :)

Amishperson said...

Hey It is your cousin Renee. Your mom tells me all about the sustainable projects you have going at your house. My husband and I live in CT and just got 7 hens, 2 weeks ago. They will start laying in October if all goes well. It is neat that we have alot of the same interests. Great blog! I'll keep checking back to see what you are up too. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

ChickiePea said...

I was JUST reading about herbs attracting different butterflies. I love that they are "dual purpose" like that! We've seen a lot around our mint this year and plan to expand our herb selection next year (and add some milkweed) to attract more.

:)

Erin said...

I've just read your whole blog. It's awesome. Thank you. I have added it to the blogs I read.

Muskegon Critic said...

My nephew Merric is 6. He'll squat down by himself near a cluster of weeds and plants for an hour, just watching and looking. Eventually comes inside with leaves peppered with butterfly eggs, or chrysalises, or tiny just-hatched caterpillars. He's very attuned to the tiniest details on the plants, eggs and bug poop.