In its younger days, this Black Swallowtail larva resembled a bird dropping, but in successive molts a green (or white), yellow and black pattern develops. Often discovered in vegetable gardens on carrot, parsley and dill plants, it also feeds on wild members of the carrot/parsley family (Apiaceae), including its favorite, Queen Anne’s Lace (pictured). Seeds as well as leaves are rapidly consumed, as the time for one last molt and the development of a chrysalis in which to overwinter approaches.
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August 29, 2013 | Categories: August, Butterflies, Caterpillars, Chrysalises, Insects, Larvae, Lepidoptera, Metamorphosis | Tags: Apiaceae, Black Swallowtail, Carrot Family, Dill, Papilio polyxenes, Papilionidae, Parsley Family, Umbelliferae | 2 Comments