Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Garden Tuesday ~ Swallowtails Love Fennel

Swallotail caterpillar on fennel

Swallowtail caterpillar on fennel

Swallowtail caterpillar on fennel

swallowtail caterpillar on fennel

swallowtail caterpillar on fennel

swallowtail caterpillar on fennel

I grow the herb fennel, not the bulb.  I admit, that I don’t use it much, though it’s big stalks make great racks when roasting a chicken.  But even if I never used it at all, I would grow it, because swallowtail butterfly caterpillars love it.  At this time of  year, they appear all over it.  You can see the different stages of their growth, in the second photo there is a younger one, with the yellow in the center and then as they age, they look more uniform.  Lovely.

Speaking of summer.  Guess who goes back to school on Thursday????  I know.  Where did this summer go?  Oh wait, for some people the summer doesn’t actually end on August 2nd like it does for me!! 

What’s in your garden this week?

Please join me for Garden Tuesday.


Catherine said...

Back to school? That does make summer seem like it is over. :(

Love your little caterpillar ~ so sweet!

Wishing you a beautiful Tuesday Pam!
xo Catherine

Roz said...

Oh my, Pam, your photos are extraordinary! Literally breathtaking! Perfect focusing on those precious little caterpillars! WOW!!

Melynda said...

Your photos are beautiful!

Ellen B Cookery said...

What beautiful pics!

Joanne said...

Those caterpillars would freak me out!

Big Dude said...

Good shots Pam. We grew fennel one year to eat and of course the catapillers stripped it clean, so Bev has since been growing bronze fennel in her flower garden just for them.

Lisa @ My Omaha Garden said...

Beautiful. And I wouldn't have thought about using the stalks as a rack, so thanks for that tip!

Corinnea said...

Found some on my parsley! Your pics are gorgeous.
Is summer almost over???

Yael from Home Garden Diggers said...

Beautiful photos of the fennell and swallowtail caterpillars. They are just as pretty as the butterflies. Hard to believe that summer has gone by so fast. Back to school? Goodness.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Antoinette said...

Beautiful photos! I love fennel. I'm caring for a friend's garden while she's out of town, and it makes me feel more confident I can try gardening with just a couple of herbs (again). Maybe parsley and mint, something easy. (I think I said that last time, and everything died. Hmmmm.)

Mrs. Petrie said...

Anything that brings butterflies (or hummingbirds) to my garden is a winner.

Thank you for hosting. :)

June said...

Really beautiful photo's Pam! Can't believe you're back to school already. Darn, it goes fast.

Marjie said...

I love that you're hosting future butterflies. But I feel like you've been ripped off, because I am certain you were not out a month before us (June 5) and yet you are back a month before us (Sept. 5).

Donna Heber said...


Your photos are amazing! I really love your snapshots of the Swallowtail. I'm joining you this week with a few too :-)

Cat of cat trax said...

I love these photos with the caterpillars. So lovely and unusual.

shabby girl said...

One of the latest places we've stayed, our windshield became the courting ground for several swallowtails. They were continuously commenting about how "hot" that swallowtail was in the windshield and the side mirror!
Every day, they saw themselves, and were smitten. It was a blast to watch from inside!
Great shots, Pam!

Lori Lynn said...

So charming.
I gotta go look for critters in my garden, camera in hand now too.

yardsaver garden sheds said...

I don't know about you but I really don't like those caterpillars. :(