Far Out Flora

Our Hungry Little Caterpillar


Back in September a visitor arrived on our pot of flat leaved parsley. Right before we moved back to Wisconsin from SF we had the pleasure of seeing some Anise swallowtails released in our garden thanks to Tim.

This time one hatched out back all on its own. I’m all about planting for pollinators these days and it looks like it paid off.

Anyone know what this guy is on the Coreopsis tinctoria?

I love this tiny guy, but have no idea what it is. We have all kinds of cool stuff  flying around out back.

One last pic on the oregano it hatched from. For more butterfly action check out Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers.


  1. Absolutely wonderful. Butterflies are interesting and beautiful creatures, I am glad you are giving them opportunity to feed and breed in your garden!

  2. Are these recent? Spectacular… If current.
    I checked my posts back to November 2011 to id your black n white butterfly… Which I believe may be a checkerspot…. bay/variable checkerspot.

  3. Checkered skipper. And maybe a pyralid moth?

  4. The second butterfly is actually a type of skipper butterfly. Most slippers use various grass species as host plants for their larva so they are happily at home in most American lawns. The third critter is actually some kind of moth, apparently it’s diurnal. The anise swallowtails will use any plants in the carrot family as a host plant (dill, parsley, carrots, fennel, cow parsnip, rue, ect).

  5. Cool stuff. Sadly the only two monarch chrysalises I have found in my garden seem to be dead. They would have transformed right about the time we had our bad freeze. I wonder if that had something to do with it.

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