Swallowtail Caterpillar Eating Carrots

As the snow has been steadily falling all day, I needed a reminder of what summer will soon bring. Check out my swallowtail butterfly caterpillar chomping down my carrot foliage last summer. The apiaceae family plants—carrots, dill, fennel, parsley and Queen Anne’s lace—are hosts for this larval-stage butterfly. If you plant these in your garden, keep a look out for this caterpillar and have fun watching it eat, up close and personal. If you’re lucky, you will be able to find its chrysalis and watch it transform to a butterfly.

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