An amazing sight in my garden this weekend: I was harvesting fresh dill for pickles and found not just one but two of these beautiful caterpillars on my dill plants. After a bit of research, I discovered they’re destined to be black swallowtail butterflies, of which we’ve seen a number of this year. Turns out these caterpillars like dill (and parsley and fennel)…I had no idea!
Luckily, they were both quite cooperative; it seems that if you bump or disturb one, they send out a horrible odor as a deterrent.
It looks like I’ll be leaving some dill up strictly for our newest garden members.