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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Bugs on my dill & fennel plants

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Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2013
8:09 PM

Post #9456504

My dill & fennel are quite active with all sorts of critters! Lots of aphids, white flies, lady bugs, caterpillars and other things.

Trying to sort them all to see which ones I can pick off & which ones to leave

I didn't get a photo of the ladybugs, aphids, or whiteflies cuz I know what those are! I know the ladybugs are eating the aphids so I'm leaving them alone. I also like the caterpillars (most likely swallowtail) so I don't want to get rid of them either.
This little prickly vine has appeared in a few of my beds. I thought it was kind of neat looking so I've been letting it grow to see what happens

In the first photo, this is the biggest one of them on the plant. There are tons of really really small ones that are mostly black with a small orange spot on the side.

The second one is a caterpillar (one of the swallowtail I think) - there are several like this, different sizes

Third is another caterpillar, again I believe a swallowtail. Is it a different type if swallowtail? This was the biggest caterpillar on the plant and there are several smaller ones with similar marks.

Last is a chrysalis of one of these caterpillars, but which one?

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Charleston, SC

March 20, 2013
8:57 PM

Post #9456528

Actually, you did get a picture of a ladybug.

The first image is of a ladybug larva, probably the Multi-colored Asian Ladybeetle.

The second image looks like a 2nd instar of Black Swallowtail caterpillar.

The third image is of a later instar Black Swallowtail caterpillar.

The chrysalis looks like that of a Black Swallowtail in the early stages.
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2013
9:06 PM

Post #9456532

Wow I had no idea ladybugs started out looking like that! Cool! Glad I didn't kill them.

And I can't believe all these caterpillars are the same species. Never knew their pattern changed as they grew. Neat!
My thanks.

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