I’m usually not so generous sharing my garden with insects, but this one will pay me back.
The Curse of Dead Horse Canyon
Dill is one of my favorite herbs. When a friend of mine saw this caterpillar munching on it, he was surprised I didn’t have a problem with it. Why? Because that little guy or girl (sorry, it didn’t tell me how s/he identifies) will eventually become an absolutely beautiful black swallowtail butterfly!
And better yet, it will be a pollinator! Which is something I need in my garden, since there aren’t many bees these days.
This one is far from alone. At last count, I saw about 9 of them on that same plant. I’ll pick some dill and put it in the freezer for now, then plant more after these hungry caterpillars metamorphose to their final winged stage.
I must admit, I was not as compassionate toward the harlequin beetles devastating my broccoli, pretty though they may be. But they were not going to give anything back, either!
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We don’t mind sharing with most birds and insects, either, but the peacocks and squirrels are our exception. The peacocks make a horrible mess (poop) and the squirrels act like entitled Karens – if given the chance, they’ll take a bite out of every fruit, then throw it to the ground in disgust that it isn’t ripe – lost an entire crop of mangos a couple years ago! Since then, we try to chase them away. For the nice visitors, we plant extra 😉
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