Parsley Worm is Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Subject:  Electric Caterpillars Eating Parsley
Geographic location of the bug:  Mantaloking, NJ
Date: 08/04/2019
Time: 11:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
These neon caterpillars were enjoying a parsley buffet in a backyard near the bay in Jersey. Wondering what they will be after they transition…
How you want your letter signed:  Melanie on the Irish Chain

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Melanie on the Irish Chain,
This is a Black Swallowtail Caterpillar, often called a Parsley Worm or Carrot Worm by home gardeners because of their host plants.  The adult Black Swallowtail is a beautiful butterfly.

1 thought on “Parsley Worm is Black Swallowtail Caterpillar”

  1. I have many, many yellow jackets and wasps in my property. They seem to be attracted to the caterpillars. How can I rid my place of the caterpillars?


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