Friday, April 16, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

While I was watering my veggies at lunch today, I noticed that one of my fennel plants was looking very bare.

Upon further inspection, I found this little guy chomping away. A little research tells me this is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar, and they love fennel, dill, and Queen Anne's lace.
I plopped him in a bucket and tossed him over the fence. I hope he doesn't come back! But, I do wonder how he found my fennel. Or, maybe the little eggs were attached to one of the plants all along? I need to inspect them better!


sm2 said...

He sure is beautiful! Too bad they are so destructive! Daniel always feeds the ones he finds on our plants to the birds in the yard. Circle of life and all that. Kinda mean though.

Casey said...

so funny! and cool looking caterpillar!