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What do swallowtail caterpillars eat?

The black swallowtail caterpillar feeds on many different plants in the Apiaceae, or carrot family, including Queen Anne's lace, celery, parsley, carrots, dill, and parsnip. The butterfly eats nectar from a variety of plants including clover, milkweed, thistles, and phlox.

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Also question is, what do you feed a swallowtail caterpillar?

Feed your caterpillar fresh host plant cuttings daily. You can experiment with other plants as well. Black swallowtail caterpillars eat dill, fennel, parsley, and rue. Especially in the later stages of development, caterpillars typically become less picky about what they eat.

Beside above, do swallowtail caterpillars eat milkweed? 1. Note the plant the caterpillars are eating. Monarchs only lay their eggs on and eat milkweed, members of the Asclepias family. Swallowtails will host on members of the Apiaceae family, which includes parsley, Queen Anne's Lace, carrot, celery, fennel and dill.

Correspondingly, how do you take care of a swallowtail caterpillar?

Provide plenty of food to help your caterpillar grow and develop. Feed Queen Anne's lace, parsley and fennel. Keep plant leaves in water to prevent them from drying out. As your caterpillar grows offer fresh leaves three or four times per day.

How long does it take for a black swallowtail caterpillar to turn into a butterfly?

When it is ready, (about 24 hours after attaching) it will wriggle its outer skin off exposing the chrysalis beneath. The chrysalis will either be green or brown depending on the color of the surrounding area. In 1-2 weeks the butterfly will emerge.

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