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Insects/Bugs/Bees/Butterflies - Black Swallowtail/Parsley Worm
Class:Insecta Order:Lepidoptera Family:Papilionidae Genus:Papilio


Black Swallowtail Caterpillar, Papilio polyxenes. The Black Swallowtail prefers to lay its eggs on Parsley, so its caterpillar is known as the Parsley Worm. They are not limited to Parsnip, though, the offspring will also feed on carrots, dill and other plants. It's a gorgeous creature, with green, black, yellow and white markings. The caterpillar has two yellow appendages that rise up like antennae when the caterpillar is provoked. Found this Parsley Worm in, well, Curled Parsley in late August. I've also found loads of them in Fennel and Dill. Check out the Black Swallowtail section to see where this caterpillar is headed.

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