A Chronicle blogger is enjoying his own experience with a bunch of very hungry caterpillars.
Which makes me wonder: why hasn't the black swallowtail fairy paid a visit to my garden yet?
I've had a lot of fun this spring with the monarchs - as I write this I notice that an adult monarch is perched atop my remarkably resilient milkweed plant - but the black swallowtail is still my favorite butterfly and I was hoping to raise a couple more of them this year.
I've planted dill and parsley in my garden expressly for the purpose of attracting papilio polyxenes. And, indeed, I've seen some black swallowtails hovering around my garden.
But, as of yet, no hungry caterpillars. Bummer.