Subject: Black Swallowtail caterpillar
September 16, 2015 5:10 pm
I looked this one up, to see if it was a monarch, and am 99% sure this is a black swallowtail caterpillar eating my carrots. The carrots are almost ready to harvest, so they’re welcome to the leaves, but where will they chrysalis/metamorph? I don’t want to take away their environment. We have flowers nearby, xenias, etc. that all the butterflies have been going nuts over, will they go there?
The Black Swallowtail Caterpillar is sometimes called a Carrot Worm or a Parsley Worm. It will likely try to find a protected location to metamorphose into a chrysalis as it will most likely pass the winter in the pupal form.