The photo on the left is the brilliantly colored caterpillar of the Swallowtail Butterfly eating my carrot tops while the photo on the right is the beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly sipping nectar and pollinating my flowers. Who knew?
Makes sense that some beneficials may start out in life as garden pests before metamorphosing into beneficial insects.
The Swallowtail larvae love munching on crops such as dill, carrot, fennel, parsley and other varieties within these families. They enjoy Queen Anne’s Lace as well.
Appearance: Colorful, chubby and large. 2 – 3 inches long.
Color: The type of Swallowtail larvae that was eating my carrots had a vibrant green & black stripe like pattern with a series of rows of yellow dots.
Size: Large 3 – 4 inches
Eats: members of the carrot, dill, fennel, parsley families.
Footprint: Defoliating plants – Smooth dome-shaped eggs on underside of leaf.
Companion Plants: With the exception of not planting what they like…I’m unaware of any companion plants that would deter them whether their favorite foods were planted or not. Do you know of any?
Predators: Birds, snakes, and spiders to name a few.
Removal: Hand pick to remove. Eeeeoooouuuu!!!