Bug identification - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Mizuhuman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 426
Bug identification

I caught these bugs in my vegetable garden. I want to feed them to my senegal, but I want to id them to make sure it is safe for feeding.

I think they're some kind of caterpillar, but I'm not sure. They were on the cilantro (coriander) and green peas plants. They are green with black and yellow bands all over their bodies. When I pluck them off the plants, they had this orange forked tongue thing come out from their heads. I think they use it for defense. Also, they seem to spin silk or some kind of spider web-like thing.

What are these things?





Here's the orange thing; I was talking about
Mizuhuman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 04:45 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Medina, Ohio
Posts: 1,074
Looks like a Swallowtail caterpillar. Personally I would put them back in my garden.

Also, depending on what species and what they are feeding on, they could be poisonous. I would not feed them to my fish.

Dee
__________________
Eheim Pimpette #270
Eheim Pro II 2028; Classics Series -2215, 2217, 2260, 2262; Pro 2229 Wet/Dry
deeda is online now  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Mizuhuman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 426
Thank you deeda. that's exactly what it is. I'm not gonna mess with these things. Did some research and apparently they secret bad-tasting and bad-smelling chemicals as self defense.
Mizuhuman is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 05:41 PM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Posts: 177
Swallowtails are such beautiful insects out of pupa anyway!
zankotsu is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 01:21 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Medina, Ohio
Posts: 1,074
Hopefully you put them back in the garden as we can always use more butterflies to put a smile on our faces.

Dee
__________________
Eheim Pimpette #270
Eheim Pro II 2028; Classics Series -2215, 2217, 2260, 2262; Pro 2229 Wet/Dry
deeda is online now  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Mizuhuman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 426
Yes, I put them back...in my neighbor's garden, however. They were eating my dill which is a no no. My neighbor didn't mind.
Mizuhuman is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 04:24 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Medina, Ohio
Posts: 1,074
Well you may want to consider planting extra dill next year as that is one of the host plants for the Black Swallowtail caterpillar. Or you can plant carrot and fennel to keep them off your dill plant.

Dee
__________________
Eheim Pimpette #270
Eheim Pro II 2028; Classics Series -2215, 2217, 2260, 2262; Pro 2229 Wet/Dry
deeda is online now  
Reply

Tags
bugs, critters, insects

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome