When I first see these guys munching away on the parsley plants, there's always that moment of wondering whether to let them remain where they are or... well, that's just the question. Or, what?
I know if I let them stay they will happily have a feast until my parsley plants are soon nothing but bare stalks. Most likely they will even invite their friends and family and make a party of it.
Squishing them is out of the question and I think if I carried them to a new home they would soon find their way back.
What to do, what to do?
What would you do?
As much as I dislike losing much of my parsley crop, I dislike the thoughts of disrupting the life cycle of these guys even more.
Can't even imagine a garden without butterflies.
It seems the best solution is to plant plenty.
Some for them and some for us.
We like parsley, but we have our limits.
So, each summer we are happy to share with any caterpillars that happen by.
Today's caterpillars ~ Tomorrow's butterflies.