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IMG_5629 Sacrifice for the butterfly world

IMG_5629 Sacrifice for the butterfly world

In the interest of increasing the butterfly population, I am not sacrificing these beautiful destructive creatures. I've been corrected - these are supposed to be swallowtails, not monarchs. They do resemble each other until you check the details.

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Marchael22-Sep-2007 23:11
Cool, now I know what they are. We had them on some of our plants just a few weeks ago. They are beautiful...creepy, but beautiful.
Helen Betts22-Sep-2007 14:25
Wow, great closeup! Reminds me I should look at that one taken on our hike at Pearson's Falls! Helen
Rachel Pennington21-Sep-2007 14:18
Wow, I wonder if there were several more around? I've never seen three together. :)
The Third Side21-Sep-2007 01:23
Yes, they are swallowtails. And I've sacrificed my fennel the last two years just for them (though they generally leave my parsley alone).
pemkid20-Sep-2007 23:27
They are pretty even in caterpillar form.
Guest 20-Sep-2007 23:18
Mother Nature at work. Pretty caterpillars :-)
Robin20-Sep-2007 23:18
Those are beautiful. Would have made a good entry for the bug picture this month.
Judith Barnett20-Sep-2007 22:31
How interesting Isabel! I have about 5 parsley plants and have never had even one of those. I know they are Monarch caterpillars for sure. Monarchs are migrating now to the CA central coast but they never stop over. Normally I get a lot of those ugly tomato worms but so far not a one this year, strange.