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Pinestraw
Mar 14, 2018 6:03 PM CST
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I am new to gardening for butterflies. This caterpillar made its home on my bronze fennel and brought a lot of his/her friends. My question : what kind or butterfly will this be?
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porkpal
Mar 14, 2018 6:11 PM CST
I am not good at caterpillar id, but it looks similar to a Monarch.
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DaisyI
Mar 14, 2018 6:22 PM CST
I agree Especially on Fennel - a favorite food for Monarch catapillars.
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plantladylin
Mar 14, 2018 6:47 PM CST
Beautiful shot! It may be the Eastern Black Swallowtail Catt:
https://www.butterfliesandmoth...

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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 14, 2018 6:51 PM CST
I agree Definitely a Swallowtail Thumbs up
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Pinestraw
Mar 14, 2018 7:43 PM CST
Thanks everyone for the id...:thankyou: I have seen swallowtails and a smaller butterfly with orange and brown coloring...I was not able to get a pic of it but it was beautiful! I have planted 2 kinds of milkweed because I would love to see monarchs on a regular basis. I have seen one here. I'm sad to say it did not last..., my pup got it before I could stop her. We had a long talk about leaving them alone. :(
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sallyg
Mar 14, 2018 7:55 PM CST
Swallowtails on fennel
Monarchs on milkweed
Many sources confirm this...
http://texasbutterflyranch.com...
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DaisyI
Mar 14, 2018 8:36 PM CST
sallyg said:Swallowtails on fennel
Monarchs on milkweed
Many sources confirm this...
http://texasbutterflyranch.com...


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sallyg
Mar 14, 2018 10:58 PM CST
Daisy, I knew it must have been just a 'moment', for you to have said that Big Grin they do sport similar colors Thumbs up
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purpleinopp
Mar 15, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Congrats on a successful butterfly garden! You may need more "food" for these caterpillars. If so, please beware that some plants for sale are treated with systemic pesticides that you would not want to feed butterfly caterpillars.
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