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Eastern Black Swallowtail and Dill

April 22, 2017

 

One benefit of our mild winter is dill growing from seed in the herb bed.   I let things go wild over the winter.  In an earlier post, I mentioned using chervil which likes cool weather as a cover crop for the herb bed.   It has protected the dill as well as the soil.  I was pinching some dill for salmon dinner tonight, and discovered tiny caterpillars.  I'm confident that these are future Eastern black swallowtails.  I saw the female hovering over the dill in the herb bed about a week ago.   I also have a lot of parsely, but I'm not seeing any caterpillars yet.  I didn't know it until today, but  chervil is also a host plant for black swallowtails.

 

 

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