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!

3 comments:

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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