Yesterday I discovered a couple of chubby caterpillars living in our parsley plants. I checked some of my books and online and I am fairly certain they are Black Swallowtails. A few weeks ago my husband had seen one in the yard, so it must have been laying eggs in our herb garden. Apparently the larvae and caterpillars prefer to feed off of plants in the dill and parsley family.
While I was searching online, I came across this blog post about keeping caterpillars in a container so that you can watch them as they change into butterflies. I hemmed and hawed about it for awhile (unsure of how I felt about interfering with nature) and finally decided to try it. It seems fairly simple and fool-proof, provided they have enough to eat.
So I got a breathable plastic container, furnished it with some branches and filled it with herbs.
I was laughing at myself the entire time.
I felt like a six-year-old, building a little habitat for bugs.
They seem to like it, though. They love to eat. And poop. That’s about it.
So now it’s just a waiting game.
If you are interested in knowing more about this, all of the life stages are described on this website.