The Backyard

The Backyard

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Feeding the Caterpillars

This beauty will eventually become the beautiful Black Swallowtail butterfly.  Every year, I grow bunches of dill, fennel, carrots and parsley and they are all members of the Umbellifarae (parsley) family.  I grow them mainly to attract the tachinid flies which keeps the great tomato horn worms under control, but a bonus are these beautiful caterpillars and butterflies.  Sometimes its ok to let the caterpillars eat the plants.  In this case,  eat and enjoy!


Debbie said...

Wow, you just explained why carrots are good companion plants for tomatoes! I often find companion plant lists, but they seldom explain the benefit. Cool looking caterpillar too.

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