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Mystery caterpillar
July 6, 2010
This caterpillar has been nibbling my parsley. That’s actually a good thing because I planted it in hopes of attracting Black Swallowtail Larvae. The question is, is that what I have here? I have not found a photo that’s exactly like this guy. The blue doesn’t seem correct for a Black Swallowtail. What do you think?
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Flatpickr,
Congratulations.  Your efforts to plant parsley to attract Black Swallowtail Caterpillars has been successful.  Your caterpillar is in fact a Black Swallowtail.

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2 Responses to Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

  1. Hedy Hadley says:

    It would appear that I’m not the only one who plants parsley in the hopes of attracting black swallowtail butterflies. My family seems to think I’m a little loopy to do this, but now I know I’m not alone!

  2. Oh wish i could grow it here

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