Please leave the caterpillars

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  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    Please leave the caterpillars on your parsley, dill, or fennel alone. Our dill has quite a few of these:
    instars on dill.jpg
    And in time and a bit more dill, the caterpillars will become this: Black Swallowtail 3.jpg
    A beautiful Black Swallowtail!
     
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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Well said Jane. I hate it when folks say they've squished caterpillars or spayed them with pesticide.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Super-dooper foto's, Jane.
    I REALLY liked this posting.
     
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    EJ Allotmenteer Extraordinaire

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    Heck, the cabbage white is laying eggs on my kale plants and if I don’t squish them, I will end up with no brassicas to harvest. I would never squish caterpillars on other plants, and in fact have a wild area in my garden with nettles in just for the flutterbyes
     
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