Cattipilars - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mimi Lilly
Port Saint Lucie, Fl
Question by luxio
June 24, 2010
Hello! I have some type of insect that is eating my parsley and dill.It's some type of cattipilar.It has black and yellow stripes.When I sprayed it with a fugicide, it had somthing like, orange horns come out.Maybe it's poisonous.Anyway a few hours later it was still eating those two herbs.Maybe I can do somthing nautral to prevent this insect from coming, like companion planting. Thank you!


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Answer from NGA
June 24, 2010

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Your caterpillars are the larvae of Swallowtail Butterflies. I'd hate to see you kill them! I know it's disappointing when these caterpillars feast on your plants but it honestly won't hurt your plants - they will grow healthy new leaves as soon as the caterpillar has eaten all it needs and finds a safe place to pupate before it turns into a butterfly. You might want to plant Buddleia (butterfly plant) near your dill. The caterpillars will feed on that and might leave your dill and parsley alone. Hope you can strike a happy medium rather than kill off those caterpillars.

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