Thursday, August 12, 2010

Caterpillars, lots of them

They go through several stages, eating constantly and shedding as they get larger. I'm not sure what stage these are at or how many they go through.
This one just shedded.
I counted 12 on this dill plant.
If I've identified the caterpillars correctly, they will turn into Black Swallowtails like this one.

The caterpillars really like the dill and rosemary we planted this year.   I don't know where the larger ones go to turn into the chrysalises.  I put a couple in a jar and will watch to see if they will complete the metamorphosis.


Needsnow said...

I'm planting dill & rosemary next year for sure!

simon said...

great shots again... this post reminds me of a brocolli crop I had.. I harvested it, froze it and weeks later cooked some...eating my "fresh" harvest.

All was well until i noticed hundreds of green grubs.....