Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars on Bronze Fennel

I found three small swallowtail butterfly caterpillars munching away in the bronze fennel. If you find the ferny/fuzzy herb growing in your yard, let it grow! It’s a wonderful host plant and will ensure some lovely visitors to your yard this summer.

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

2 comments to Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars on Bronze Fennel

  • Russ

    How are you doing? I have, I guess a small butterfly and hummingbird garden .There is purple cone flower, asters, butterfly weed English lavender, coreopsis and wild flowers. I had cabbage whites and pearl crescent visiting. I would like to attract more butterflies. My question is do I have enough mixture of host and nectar plants to attract more butterflies or do I need to add something else? Is there a preferred host and nectar plant that applies to all or most of Shenandoah valleys butterflies? Thank You, Russ

    • Russ, how nice to have a butterfly/hummingbird garden! I’ve just started one this year. It sounds like you have a lot of plants the butterflies will like. Unfortunately no one plant will appeal to all butterflies at all stages of their lives. I find Monarch Watch a wonderful resource (not just for monarchs). Visit their site to learn more about what caterpillars will eat. There are links on the left of that page that will provide more info by butterfly and for good nectar sources. Thanks for stopping by!

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