Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Swallowtail caterpillar on rue

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Sep 2, 2014 9:07 AM CST

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Walked out to the barn and noticed this beauty enjoying my Rue (Ruta graveolens)

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 3, 2014 12:29 PM CST

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Yay! I've been teaching people not to kill them when they find them on their parsley, fennel, or dill. Most people actually freak out when they know it's going to be a butterfly. That's why I educate. I just tell them to plant a couple more plants than they really need and move the cats over to one of those "sacrificial" plants. That way, everyone wins!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Sep 3, 2014 12:40 PM CST

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Swallowtails are some of my favorites and I was delighted to see this out there the other day. My rue is always alive with beneficial insects and that's why I grow it in numerous places around the property.
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