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What was this caterpillar?

Posted by flowersandthings MidAtlantic 6/7 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 28, 05 at 18:21

I saw this pretty caterpillar this spring but didn't get a pic. It loved my fennel. It was fairly large (and fat) with smooth (not hairy) skin a bright mint green with black and yellow spots up and down.... What do you think it was? :)


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RE: What was this caterpillar?

Probably a black swallowtail. They lay their eggs on Fennel and parsley and then eat it as they're growing up. Check out this link.


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black swallowtail

Sorry, I'll try that link again.
http://images.google.com/images?biw=&q=black+swallowtail+caterpillar&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images


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RE: What was this caterpillar?

Yup thanks catherine this was the guy:

Here is a link that might be useful: black swallowtail caterpillar


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RE: What was this caterpillar?

They turn into one of the most gorgeous butterflies, often pictured on covers of books. :)

Here is a link from the Butterfly Forum Gallery.

Here is a link that might be useful: Female Black Swallowtail


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btw

BTW: When the BST caterpillar is young, it is black and white! Then, as it eats and poops and grows older, it slowly changes into that gorgeous green colour :)


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RE: What was this caterpillar?

Thanks for the link! What a pretty butterfly. I'm glad I gave it some food. That's one of the main reason I planted all the fennel and carrot (queen anne's lace)....


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