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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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Mar 14, 2018 6:11 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
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I am not good at caterpillar id, but it looks similar to a Monarch.
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Mar 14, 2018 6:22 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I agree Especially on Fennel - a favorite food for Monarch catapillars.
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Mar 14, 2018 6:47 PM CST
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Beautiful shot! It may be the Eastern Black Swallowtail Catt:
https://www.butterfliesandmoth...

More images for comparison on these pages:
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...
http://www.butterflygardeninga...
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Mar 14, 2018 6:51 PM CST
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I agree Definitely a Swallowtail Thumbs up
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Mar 14, 2018 7:43 PM CST
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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. Sad
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Mar 14, 2018 7:55 PM CST
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Swallowtails on fennel
Monarchs on milkweed
Many sources confirm this...
http://texasbutterflyranch.com...
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Mar 14, 2018 8:36 PM CST
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sallyg said:Swallowtails on fennel
Monarchs on milkweed
Many sources confirm this...
http://texasbutterflyranch.com...


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Mar 14, 2018 10:58 PM CST
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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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Mar 15, 2018 4:34 PM CST
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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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Any idea what kind of caterpillar this is? I'm wondering if it's a hawk moth because of the size. This is norther Nevada and this pic was just a few weeks ago. I've been trying to identify it online but I can't find something similar. Pic with my kid for size reference. My son is nearly 4.
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