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Plant extra dill for the swallowtail butterflies

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Dill is not only a delicious, easy to grow herb, but it’s also the host plant for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Normally, we hate to see bugs in our garden happily chomping away on our food supply, but you’ll definitely want to make an exception for these gorgeous butterflies!

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My dill plants are usually covered with swallowtail caterpillars by mid-summer; it’s really fun to watch them feed. Don’t worry, dill is a fast growing herb, and you can sow more seeds into the garden mid-summer for an early fall crop so you won’t lose your whole crop to the caterpillars. Seeing my zinnias covered by swallowtail butterflies at the end of the summer makes the small sacrifice of the dill in my garden worth it.

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

So, as you plant your gardens every year, be sure to plant lots of extra dill for the swallowtail butterflies (even if you don’t like to eat it yourself)!

Do you grow any host plants for the butterflies?

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3 Responses to Plant extra dill for the swallowtail butterflies

  1. Lee Rowan says:

    I’ve been growing dill for some years now, and this morning I found THREE swallowtail caterpillars. I’ve got plenty of dill seed and I’m happy to share with these beautiful pollinators. Thanks for the clear pictures!

  2. Laurie Peterson says:

    Thanks for the pictures. I also for the first time, found 12 Swallowtail catapiillers on my dill plants. I am so excited to have these little guys eating and growing so fast. One has already made a Chrysalis.

  3. marilu says:

    I’m an extremely novice gardener with two black thumbs, and I’m researching more to grow some dill. After seeing your lovely pictures and reading the comments of others, I’m more excited than ever to add some dill! Thanks for helping to spread the joy!

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