Thursday, June 9, 2011

First Cat of the Season

This black swallowtail caterpillar made a brief appearance on my fennel. They are supposed to be distasteful to birds, so not sure where it disappeared to. I have butterfly bush (Buddleia) and the monarch-feeding butterfly weed (Asclepias) as well as lots more flowers with butterfly appeal, so I look forward to seeing many more butterflies this summer.
I'm hoping my effort to attract pollinators and beneficial insects will pay off in the garden, but there is no harm if not because I've discovered many of my favorite plants also attract beneficials.

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