Today I went out to water all my plants and was startled to see that ALL of the parsley was gone. Not dead–completely missing.
The other day I saw some small (maybe 1 cm long) caterpillars basking in the sun on some of the parsley leaves. I didn’t particularly care to kill them, it’s nature after all. But I didn’t expect to go out today and find that those tiny caterpillars were really very hungry caterpillars. Those caterpillars are now nearly 2″ long, fat, and have very fresh breath.
A quick online search for “white, black, green and yellow caterpillars” and “caterpillars eating parsley” led me to find out that we are the current caretakers of three Black Swallowtail caterpillars.
Goodbye, parsley! Hello, butterflies!
My little girl was particularly excited when I showed her what the butterflies will look like in a few weeks after the caterpillars make their chrysalides.
I have to admit that I’m a little excited, too. (And I might just go to the store and buy some more parsley for them.)
(pictures from Wikipedia Commons)