In looking out at my garden last night, it appeared my parsley was gone. So I went for a closer look. Sure enough – all that remains are stems and these striking caterpillars. Often mistaken for the monarch butterfly, these are actually the black swallowtail butterfly. Monarchs only eat milkweed and their stripes and coloring are different.
It would be such fun to capture them and watch their transformation, but I think they know more about how to survive than I, so I will leave them in their natural environment. Maybe I will be able to watch from afar.