Black swallowtail butterflies

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by I have WHAT in my yard?, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    This morning I went out to tend my herb garden and found my parsley plant decimated! [​IMG] I pulled 16! 16 black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars off of my plant. [​IMG]

    SO I know they are butterflies and want to give them a chance to live, I even have a spare aquarium I can house them in.

    But, here is the problem: I don't have enough parsley to feed them all. I don't have any carrots this year (dang rabbits!) I have no fennel or dill. I don't want to buy parsley for them.

    Any ideas or thoughts on how to save them and my plant?? [​IMG] I doubt my parsley plant would have sufficed for them all if i had left them alone!
     
  2. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any fields or local wildlife areas with alot of Queen Anne's Lace plants around. QAL is a member of the carrot family. They will thrive on it, be happy and you'll save your garden.
     
  3. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    ooooo! Thanks! I will start looking today! --- As soon as it stops raining!

    I have another plant that grows around here that looks very very much like carrot, but its not. Do you think they might take that??
     
  4. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure. They like members of the carrot and dill family. QAL is a very common weed, you should be able to find some and let nature take care of her babies. [​IMG]
     
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    How about grocery store parsley in a vase? I raised some Monarch caterpillars that are in chrysalis mode at the moment in an aquarium. Sundays the day!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Queen Anne's lace is one of their natural foods. Like Catstar said, they will feed on it.
     

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