Cattipilars - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mimi Lilly
Port Saint Lucie, Fl
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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!

Answer from NGA
June 24, 2010
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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