Swallowtail Caterpillar Enjoying My Parsley


My swallowtail caterpillar before becoming a beautiful butterfly. They just love parsley as there were two on this plant. I took this shot on July 23, 2017! Even though I only have a container garden this year I still can enjoy the beauty of nature. Downsizing from an acre to containers was hard but not quite so bad once I saw these little guys. Yes, they are always welcome in any garden I might have.

Linking to Fiesta Friday and Angie’s beautiful swallowtail butterfly. I just had to share this picture with everyone!

How exciting – I just saw a “baby” caterpillar, only an 1-inch long. The other two big ones are gone, probably 2-inches or more, and happy to be flying around all of the beautiful flowers in the area. Actually, the larva (caterpillar) is the second stage, the third stage is the pupa where they form themselves into a chrysalis and then they become butterflies!!! Note the color differences. This picture below was taken Aug. 4, 2017! Oops – actually it was the lighting!

The picture below was taken Aug. 8, 2017 – this one is eating more and getting fatter. Soon will be heading into the pupa stage (if a bird doesn’t get him first).

Can you tell I am enjoying taking pictures of my caterpillars. This was taken on Aug. 9, 2017.

23 thoughts on “Swallowtail Caterpillar Enjoying My Parsley

  1. This makes my heart happy! I once had some parsley in a pot while living in Virginia Beach. When I discovered I had these in my parsley, it made living in the city not so bad for a moment. What a great summer visitor! ❀


  2. Judi, this makes my heart sing too. So glad that you are still able to garden and bring nature to you since you’ve downsized. What a beauty! I love your potted plants too.


  3. That is a lovely picture. Now I know what to look for, I hope to find one. I have noticed more butterflies around this year than in the previous few, so it is time I learn to identify them at different stages.


    • Thanks so much – I look for the good and the bad critters that come to visit. This caterpillar is so pretty I wouldn’t think of removing it as hopefully one day it will become a beautiful butterfly like in Angie’s picture.


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