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Full Grown Caterpillar

The caterpillar (Larval) stage of the butterfly does little more than eat as it prepares to enter into the pre-pupal stage.

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Vicki 31-Jul-2016 00:11
I have several in the full grown stage and limited parsley. What happens when the food is gone and the caterpillars aren't ready to go to the next stage? How do I get them more food? Can I transfer them to my black eyed susans?
Rosalie 06-May-2015 14:03
Wonderful photos! Currently have 13 caterpillars mulching away on the Bronze Fennel. Hope to see the emergence of butterflies!!
Lee Smith 29-Jul-2014 16:18
Thank you for this nice photograph it helped me to identify my own on my dill plant. It's nice to know they will transform into something beautiful we all enjoy watching in our gardens.
Guest 29-Jul-2014 16:15
Thank you for this photograph. I used it to identify my own on my dill plant today and it's nice to know they are a beneficial species of caterpillars that will blossom into a beautiful butterfly that we all enjoy watching in our gardens.
Francisco Ramalho 28-Jul-2013 15:22
I found one on my parsley the other day!! It was so beautiful!!! I just left it. Then 2 days later while about to pick my parsley I saw it again, did my research wich brought me to this page, So now I put it in my Daughters butterly Keeper and hope it will grow to a butterfly!! Say a prayer!!!
Mary Gilbert 10-Jun-2013 21:28
I have at least two full-grown black swallowtail caterpillars on a fennel plant in my yard. I will place sticks leaning against the base of the plant and hope they will chose those sticks to pupate. Then we can watch them. June 10, 2013.
Sib 28-Sep-2011 15:31
I covered 2 larvae I found with netting outside because there is something that lays eggs on the larvae. When those eggs ahtch they eat the larvae. When should I take netting off? They appear to be in 3rd stage.
Melinda Cordner 25-Jul-2011 18:51
Thanks so much. I have these guys all over my fennel. Was wondering what they were.
KC Taylor 15-Jul-2011 00:03
Thanks for sharing your image...I shot a very similar one this morning and just used yours to identify our guest on the dill plant :D
Carol Olsen 27-Jun-2011 22:48
Wow, I've got a bunch of these guys on my Rue right now. Beautiful! You're info helped a lot, thank you!
Vivian Beks24-Jul-2007 10:58
What a beautiful creature, great shot!!!