Thursday, September 3, 2015
Papilio Polyxenes Astrius
While working in the garden yesterday, I discovered several caterpillars eating the carrot greens. After a bit of googling, I learned that this is a preferred food for the mature larvae of the Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Since I admire the beauty of that butterfly, I snipped off the greens and left them in the garden when I pulled the carrots out (they will be part of this evening's supper).
I hope to see them fluttering around the yard next summer, even if it means that the carrot greens have to feed the next generation.