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We Have Met The Enemy and He Likes Parsley

When watering the garden this evening, I discovered an invader. My parsley hasn’t been thriving as well as it did last year, and this guy is to blame. (Well, he and his brothers/sisters.) He (or she) is the third caterpillar I’ve plucked from my garden, and by far the largest – about two inches long. After we enjoyed a photo shoot, I moved him far away from my garden. As much I know that he’ll one day become a beautiful butterfly (He is a black swallowtail caterpillar), I would prefer that doesn’t happen at the expense of my garden. Quite a gorgeous caterpillar though – I’m used to the boring green ones, so I was a bit excited to find him!


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