more about “The Parsley Worm“, posted with vodpod

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the heads up! Found two of these bad boys on my dill just days after reading the Sprout and wouldn’t have know what they were otherwise.

    • I am glad that it helped. The reason for the publication is so that it will be used as a hands on tool. I hope that when people read it they can grab some useful information out of it and have a successful garden.

  2. This “Parsley worm” is actually the caterpillar stage of the Easter Black Swallowtail. This is a wonderful, very large butterfly in the Central Texas area. If you wish to attract it, plant Fennel or Dill, which will also serve a secondary purpose as an insectiary plant. It will become a nursery plant for Lady Bugs, Lacewings and Preying Manti, all very desireable beneficial insects.

    Remember, if you want butterfly’s, you have to have “parsley worms”.

  3. I think you meant Eastern Black Swallowtail, not Easter Black Swallowtail, although I guess we could add a butterfly to the Easter critters of bunnies and chicks. 🙂

    The best way I’ve found to deal with this “problem” critter is to just plant an extra parsley, dill or fennel plant (bronze fennel is beautiful) and transplant any caterpillers from “my” plant over to the “bug nursery” plant. Easy enough to do, and I think it’s a better option than killing a desirable pollinator. Butterflies are second only to bees in pollinating our crops.

    Slideshow of the lifecycle of an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly from Texas A&M:

    Happy Gardening!

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