Sir Son came home with two caterpillars from our neighbor’s yard. These caterpillars, plus their brothers and sisters, ate her entire parsley plant. She removed them to her Fennel plant, because she has an over abundance of fennel. I’ll have to let her know that we’ll take some of the Fennel seeds when they arrive. 🙂
Anyhoo, here are the two caterpillars. Sorry for the sorry photos, but it was all I could do.
When Sir Son taps them on the head, it really makes them mad. They send out these wonderful alien antennae and arch way back. If those things to don’t scare you then the smell should. ewww….
These caterpillars should turn into a Black Swallowtail.
Sir Son has already caught a swallowtail, much like the Black Swallowtail. This one is called Palamedes Swallowtail. They are so pretty.
Updated morning of 4/6/09 to add: The two caterpillars are now cocoons. One is hanging from the side of the jar and is a bright green with yellow spots. The other is hanging from a dead branch and it is greyish/brownish color like the branch.