Garden Eye Candy: A Very Hungry Visitor

The very hungry caterpillar.

Just a quick post to share this photo with y’all…

Late last year, we bought rue plant at the Natural Gardener.  It was an interesting looking plant (reminiscent of a tiny Dr. Seuss tree) and our friend had told us that it was a favorite food for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.  (I had also heard that rue repels fruit flies, but we planted ours in the garden and didn’t test those properties).  This weekend, while doing routine gardening chores, I found two of these (not so little) guys munching away on our rue.  They stayed for two days, until the rue was all but a stem, and presumably went to forage elsewhere.  I hope they come back to visit in their post-pupal form!

(My apologies for the out of focus photo, I captured the moment using my phone.)

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