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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.

black swallowtail

Sorry, I'll try that link again.

RE: What was this caterpillar?

Yup thanks catherine this was the guy:

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

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


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 :)

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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