Butterflies or carrots?

Last year I saw one of these caterpillars on a carrot plant.  So beautiful.  Later I found out it is a future black swallowtail butterfly.  Recently I saw this guy on a stripped volunteer carrot plant.  Then I noticed there were two caterpillars on the same plant.

Black swallowtail caterpillar

I chose to leave them alone since the plant was a volunteer anyway.  Here’s a closeup of one of the caterpillars.

Black swallowtail caterpillar

A few days later I pulled the “carrot” from the dirt and discovered it was actually a wild carrot – Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota).  So they did me a favor by eating the wild version and not my cultivated carrots.

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One Response to Butterflies or carrots?

  1. Claire says:

    Oh, my……these are fascinating and exquisite pictures, and I am learning so much. Thank you for creating this blog!

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