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Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar
Feeding on Parsley
Butterflies and moths are beautiful. They may act as pollinators for some plants, and are a food source for certain animals. The presence or absence of butterflies is an indicator of the health of our environment.
The beautiful black swallowtail butterfly larvae (shown right) feed on leaves of plants in the parsley family (Apiaceae) including Queen Anne's Lace, carrot, celery and dill. Sometimes plants in the citrus family (Rutaceae) are preferred.
The adult black swallowtail (shown below right) prefers nectar from flowers including red clover, milkweed, and thistles.
As you plan your garden and landscape for next year, here are some resources to help you attract butterflies:
- Butterfly Gardening - University of Nebraska:Tips on Attracting Butterflies, Learn About their LifeCycle, Find a List of Butterflies Commonly Found in Nebraska, Learn How to Use Plants to Attract Butterflies - Find a List of These Plants, and More.
More Resources About Butterflies:
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