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A Win, Win Situation

After hatching from its egg (the first instar stage)the Eastern Black Swallowtail enters its second instar stage. It is only about one eighth of an inch and will stay on one flower for many days. The first photo is a photo when the caterpillar is in the second instar stage.

This second photo is an Eastern Black Swallowtail in its fourth instar stage. It is the last stage before it builds its chrysalis and the caterpillar is voracious. One caterpillar can devour a whole small plant (parsley is a favorite) stem and all.

I found these guys on my parsley--lots of them! To save my parsley I planted some in a garden on the other side of my house and transplanted the culprits. They thrived and grew big and fat.

I netted my other parsley so I could save if for cooking. It was a win, win situation.

Two Tourists Photo

Two Tourists Photo


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trisha_1.618 wrote on July 26, 2014, 8:47 PM

Ridiculous! Did not upload two of the photos that went in the body. I am giving up for tonight!

Ellis wrote on July 26, 2014, 9:02 PM

I can see! lol...Never mind Trisha....I messed up my first multi-image post. But the caterpillar that has gone up is a great shot!

paigea wrote on July 26, 2014, 9:20 PM

Wow, you are very caring of the wild critters in your garden.

trisha_1.618 wrote on July 26, 2014, 9:23 PM

Yes, I guess I am. I was raised to respect all forms of life, no matter how big or small.

trisha_1.618 wrote on July 26, 2014, 9:25 PM

LOL! What a hassle! Thanks for "getting it." The post is okay, but the photos are a bit HUGE! LOL again. Will keep working on it.

trisha_1.618 wrote on July 26, 2014, 9:25 PM

I know. I did.

LoudMan wrote on July 26, 2014, 9:46 PM

Would some milkweed also keep them off your garden? I don't know for sure but I hear they love milkweed.

trisha_1.618 wrote on July 26, 2014, 10:30 PM

Actually Monarchs love milkweed or butterfly plants (same thing) and I have those. But, these are eastern black swallowtail cats and they love parsley.

LoudMan wrote on July 26, 2014, 10:53 PM

A-ha. I learned something today. Totally worth waking up this morning. :)

simone425 wrote on July 27, 2014, 5:34 PM

Great pictures once again! I am so jealous!

trisha_1.618 wrote on July 28, 2014, 1:16 AM

Thank you so much!

trisha_1.618 wrote on July 28, 2014, 1:18 AM

Happy to know I made your morning worth it! :)