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Catterpillar Garden

This is a discussion on Catterpillar Garden within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; We have tried to plant host plants in our gardens to entice the butterflies. I ...

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    We have tried to plant host plants in our gardens to entice the butterflies. I just did a walk around and found several baby catters on the plants. We have Monarchs #1-2, Black Swallowtail #3, Cloudless Sulphur#4 and Gulf Fritillary#5. We also have Giant Swallowtails and Buckeyes but I couldn't find any of their Catters.
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    Cin, are you breeding catterpillars? I'm joking They are beautiful. It's a pitty they cause damage in a garden. But Little Prince said that if we want to see the butterflies, we have to stand some caterpillars

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    Oh what a fun project! Was that parsley that I saw in one of the pics???

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    The other week I saw a beautiful butterfly at my garden, i was soo excited as this is the
    first time i saw something that beautiful ever visiting my garden. A few days later I saw
    some caterpillars munching on my vanda leaves and nepenthes pitchers so even tho i like
    them, I have to get rid of them as I love my plants more.

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    Yes Jason Parsley,or any carrot family, is the host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly.
    Jason I don't know any Butterfly that has a Vanda as a host plant so if it isn't a native to your area squish away.

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    Cool, CIn. That orange one with the black spikes all over its body looks mean. lol

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    I'm glad I saw this thread Awesome idea Cin. I planted some milkweed this summer but got too late of a start. Think next year I will expand the plant variety to include more than monarchs.

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    I have a huge catter crop, the black swallowtails have eaten all of the parsley and I have had to go buy fresh and move them to the hatching cage to eat and make their chrysalis. Which provides me better viewing and picture taking.

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    You will be posting pictures here of this? Last year I raised a couple monarchs. It was really cool to see the transformation. This year I'm having a harder time finding eggs. Finally found one yesterday. My grandpap was just telling me how when my mom was a kid they had all kinds of butterflies in yard. But now it's maybe one or two kinds. I'll have to put more thought into my flower choices next year.

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    I have a huge catter crop, the black swallowtails have eaten all of the parsley and I have had to go buy fresh and move them to the hatching cage to eat and make their chrysalis. Which provides me better viewing and picture taking.

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