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Old 07-20-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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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
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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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.
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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.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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Swallowtails are such beautiful insects out of pupa anyway!
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Hopefully you put them back in the garden as we can always use more butterflies to put a smile on our faces.
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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.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:24 PM   #7
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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.
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