Growing Carrots For Black Swallowtail Butterflies: Do Black Swallowtails Eat Carrots

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Growing Carrots For Black Swallowtail Butterflies: Do Black Swallowtails Eat Carrots

By Bonnie L. Grant Black swallowtail butterflies have an interesting relationship with plants in the carrot family, Apiaceae. There are many wild plants in this family, but in areas where these are scarce, you might find the adult insects and their larvae hanging out in your carrot patch. Do black swallowtails eat carrots? Carrots and black swallowtail caterpillars have a love/hate relationship. Carrots and their cousins provide egg locations for adults and food for young larvae. So I guess the butterfly has the bulk of the benefits, but you get to attract these lovely pollinating insects when you grow carrots. Black Swallowtail Butterflies and Carrots Carrots are generally unbothered by above the ground insects but, in some regions, their foliage can be entirely decimated by the presence of black swallowtail larvae. Adult butterflies prefer nectar from various plants, but they love to lay their eggs on carrot family members, and

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