Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing in October 2016
by Kelejan Today at 12:33 pm

» Garlic and Onions planting soon
by greatgranny Today at 11:35 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in September 2016
by Kelejan Today at 10:50 am

» New Table Tops
by greatgranny Today at 10:39 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 8:54 am

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 7:55 am

» October: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by sanderson Today at 1:46 am

» Mid-South: October 2016
by sanderson Today at 1:36 am

» Rotten Rats in my garden!
by sanderson Today at 1:26 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 8:45 pm

» Now What do I do?
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 8:38 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:12 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by llama momma Yesterday at 7:58 pm

» homemade ketchup
by llama momma Yesterday at 7:43 pm

» parsnips in square foot garden?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:08 pm

» N&C Midwest: September 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 6:21 pm

» Newbie composting questions
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:03 pm

» compost thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:23 am

» The Research Journey:free-The Gardener’s Guide TO PERFECT GARDEN SOIL
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 8:48 am

» Plantoid' s going into hospital ....
by plantoid Yesterday at 6:22 am

» Hello from San Antonio, Tx.
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:53 am

» 17 Everyday Things You've Been Doing Wrong
by has55 9/29/2016, 11:28 pm

» What's a good type of lettuce to try for some one who doesn't like lettuce?
by CapeCoddess 9/29/2016, 11:59 am

» In between
by Scorpio Rising 9/28/2016, 8:33 pm

» Tomato Mystery Mix
by sanderson 9/28/2016, 11:26 am

» Easy and Fabulous Crockpot Marinara
by trolleydriver 9/28/2016, 11:03 am

» newbeone
by Cajun Cappy 9/28/2016, 8:59 am

» The SFG Journey-Cover crops
by jimmy cee 9/27/2016, 9:45 pm

» Oh no! My hibiscus moscheutos plant has some roots exposed!
by RJARPCGP 9/27/2016, 9:37 pm

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG
by Mimi2 9/27/2016, 8:12 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Parsley Caterpillar?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  Cropper2 on 7/6/2010, 8:36 pm

I came home today to find the most beautiful bright green/black caterpillars devouring my parsley. There also appear to be younger versions that are black/gray chowing down as well. Holy cow!! Anyone have any ideas on what to do about them? Yes, I will pick off the ones there now, but then what?

Cropper2

Posts : 78
Join date : 2010-04-24
Location : Zone 7, near Annapolis, Maryland

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  Retired Member 1 on 7/7/2010, 2:34 pm

They are probably swallowtail butterflies. See pic below. The smaller ones are possibly juvies. I decided I'd rather have butterflies than dill and parsley this year so just let them go. They won't eat anything else in the garden unless it is of the carrot family. Too many butterflies have lost their habitats and I'm happy to go without a few herbs to feed them. (but that is just me.)

If you really want to kill them, then use DP as it targets only caterpillars.


Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  MarcyG on 7/7/2010, 3:13 pm

I found one of these on my Parsley also. It's a beautiful butterfly so I figured I'd leave him.

MarcyG

Posts : 129
Join date : 2010-06-03
Age : 43
Location : North east OHIO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  Cropper2 on 7/7/2010, 3:34 pm

Oh! That's actually very exciting. I'm glad I didn't pluck any of them off yesterday. I have dozens, so I, too, will forgo any more parsley in favor of butterflies. They are even beautiful as caterpillars. Trendy colors and everything.

Thanks so much for telling me.

Cropper2

Posts : 78
Join date : 2010-04-24
Location : Zone 7, near Annapolis, Maryland

View user profile

Back to top Go down

fennel

Post  ander217 on 7/7/2010, 4:00 pm

I found my first one of the season just last night, munching away on my fennel tops. We usually get them on our dill, but my amazing dill forest became the new site of our beds and boxes this year. I worried about what the caterpillars would eat this year.

This guy is welcome to all the fennel fronds he can munch.

ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 61
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Parsley Caterpillar

Post  junequilt on 7/7/2010, 4:10 pm

I planted bronze fennel just for those colorful caterpillars, but they have yet to show up.

junequilt

Posts : 319
Join date : 2010-03-22
Location : Columbia, SC (Zone 8)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  Retired Member 1 on 7/7/2010, 5:31 pm

@Cropper2 wrote:Oh! That's actually very exciting. I'm glad I didn't pluck any of them off yesterday. I have dozens, so I, too, will forgo any more parsley in favor of butterflies. They are even beautiful as caterpillars. Trendy colors and everything.

Thanks so much for telling me.

If you want a treat, gently stroke the top of a large caterpillar from head to tail. They will rise up and smile at you. They also put out a protective "stink" so you might have to wash your finger afterwards.

Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  Cropper2 on 7/7/2010, 5:45 pm

This is really strange (I think). I just got home to find all of the grown up caterpillars gone and only the little black ones. Why is that?

Cropper2

Posts : 78
Join date : 2010-04-24
Location : Zone 7, near Annapolis, Maryland

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  Retired Member 1 on 7/7/2010, 9:42 pm

The adults have probably gone off to either molt or make their cocoons. Mine disappear on a regular basis. But I have seen a few swallowtail butterflies, so I know they are "doing their thing".

Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  sceleste54 on 7/7/2010, 10:57 pm

They make such beautiful butterflies I will gladly sacrifice some of my parsley!!

sceleste54

Female Posts : 383
Join date : 2010-04-08
Location : Florida Panhandle

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Parsley Caterpillar?

Post  Sponsored content Today at 1:29 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum