Papilio polyxenes

We planted dill and fennel in our butterfly garden, and almost immediately the plants were targeted by the local Black Swallowtail population.



The butterflies like dill, fennel, parsley, wild carrot, and lots of other stuff apparently. The caterpillars hatch as very tiny things, and then they eat like pigs for a while. Local hornets seem to like the caterpillars a lot.

The butterfly pictured here hatched out inside our house. He had been brought inside while a caterpillar to protect him from aforementioned wasps.



There are actually two caterpillars in the photo. One is pretty small, and the other is about half as big as they get before they form a chrysalis.

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