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.
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?