Cat ID

biologyteacher60July 18, 2014

I have found cats on my parsley today. Are these monarch? If not can you ID? Should I bring them inside and protect them?

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

They're black swallowtail caterpillars. They get preyed on/eaten by predators quite a lot, but I can't advise you on how to raise them yourself on parsley, never having raised any on parsley myself.

Maybe somebody else can advise you on this.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:40PM
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msmorningsong(SW FL 10A)

They are the favorites of predator wasp, as previously mentioned.
Unlike some here, I let nature take her course, but since my st's are scare this year, I caved in and put screening (cut into lengths) around my remaining cat babies for protection.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:47AM
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These caterpillars are pretty easy to raise inside. Just make sure that you have enough parsley to feed them.

They are beautiful butterflies.

Here is a link that might be useful: Black Swallowtail

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:07AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

It's up to you whether you want to bring them in or not. Unlike Monarchs, Black Swallowtails can overwinter as a chrysalis. So, they might not emerge until next year. They are susceptible to predation, though. I visited my SIL and found two late-instar cats on her parsley. I brought them home, mostly because she isn't an outdoor type person and wasn't thrilled to have something eating her cooking herbs. I'll feed them until they pupate and then put them in a protected spot outside.


    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:08AM
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I brought them inside and the parsley is holding up well in the water. Thank you for all your help. I'll keep you posted.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 10:46AM
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woollybear69(9b Fla.)

A beautiful caterpillar photo.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2014 at 5:53PM
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