My neighbor showed me his parsley plants today and said he had 5 black swallowtail cats like yours eating on them. Soooo, he dusted the plants with Sevin Dust and said he enjoyed watching them curl up, fall off and die. I could barely keep from crying ... but, I stayed cool and told him what they were. Then, I told him that I would "adopt" the next ones he sees on his plants. He said he would rather just kill them ... ouch, that hurt.
DonnaB, good to hear from you. Let me tell you, I know my face must have gotten bright red and it was all I could do to keep from doing the Texas 2-Step all over his body. :o) But, I just tried to remember that he is just uninformed and he loves his herbs which are about the only plants he has. I will keep working on him (without bopping him too hard) to convince him not to kill beneficial critters.
htop if you give gifts to this friend the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Butterflies of North America would be a ideal gift for him. It shows great pics of the more common cats and all the butterflies. He can look up parsley, dill etc. in the host plant index and it will lead him to info as to what is on it. Great book for beginners priced at 20 dollars but may find a used one through Amazon for much cheaper
Hey, that is a great idea. I really think he was embarassed when he realized he had murdered butterffly cats. So to be macho, he said he would kill the next ones too. Maybe as punishment I shouldn't give him some of my palm tree fertliizer that I had promised him. :o)
Oh I just found 5 baby Swallowtail cats on my bronze fennel. They never laid on it last year in small pots out in the wildlife area. So this yeat I planted it with some dill and Liatris in a huge tub pot. The blooming liatris must have attracted them so I have babies and my idea paid off lol