One morning I walked out into my herb garden and found this:
Like any good gardener, I took a picture and posted the critters to Facebook to see if anyone knew what they were. They turned out to be a black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars
(thanks Dawn and Amanda!).
And after some serious pupating in a jar, they turned into this:
His friends busted out of their cocoons the same day,
but we still have one more to "birth".
So I thought the caterpillar drama (and mess!) was over, and I pat myself on the back for a wonderful home school science lesson for the boys.
Until I went out to my herb garden again this morning
to find more of these guys:
Thank goodness I planted enough dill and Italian parsley
to keep them AND us happy!
I'm hoping to see lots of black swallowtail butterflies
(or flutter-byes) in the garden this summer.
They are gorgeous!