October 4th, 2008 at 3:48 pm
Posted By: gardenguru
Posted in: Growing Flowers

By this time last year I had twelve caterpillars eating lots of parsley, then spinning their chrysalises ready to someday become butterflies.  One was a Monarch, the rest Blue Swallowtails.  This year the only caterpillar I’ve seen of those two varieties was this one months ago.  When I returned to find it the next day, it had traveled to another locations that I never found.

Now many leaves from the butterfly weed have been stripped.  Since it is a type of milkweed that Monarchs like, I assume it was eaten by their caterpillars.  Instead of butterflies, these are the insects that are eating the plant now.

After a little searching, I think they are Boxelder Bugs.  Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.  They cover the seed pods, which still manage to produce those beautiful floating seeds.

I try to plant as many as I can to increase my butterfly garden.




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