More Bugs

Since the weather was insanely beautiful this weekend, i spent a bit of time in the garden, sadly putting a lot of beds to sleep for the winter.  Right now, the front (north side) of the house is fully shaded.  While digging around, i noticed some interesting bugs hanging about and gorging themselves, getting ready for the winter.

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The caterpillar was my favorite, especially since i just watched a short documentary about butterflies!  These are Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, and they’re huge, about the size of my pinkie.  All butterflies have a preferred group of plants, laying their eggs on certain plants.  These swallowtails prefer fennel and carrots, which is exactly where i found them.  imagine that…The interesting thing about them is that they will spend the whole winter in the chrysalis stage, emerging in the spring in time for all the new flowers. I plan on keeping the chrysalises (i’ve counted 8 caterpillars) on some plant cuttings in a tupperware outside to protect them for the winter.

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Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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One Response to More Bugs

  1. Kim says:

    I had one on my parsley in my windowsill, took him outside to the front, then googled, saw he needed it, and then brought him back. He left eventually, after sharing in the parsley for a while. 🙂

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