Tag: Black swallowtail

Persephone months

Eliot Coleman calls the period of time when days are less than 10 hours long from sunrise to sunset the Persephone months. In his Maine winter garden, this is when vegetables under cover will be available for harvest, although they do not grow. The…

Black swallowtail caterpillars on dill and fennel

Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes). A black swallowtail caterpillar was discovered on a dill plant on September 13, as seen above. A black swallowtail caterpillar was discovered on a fennel plant on September 14, as seen above. The dill and fennel plants were about 10…

Planning for butterflies

Planning for butterflies. It’s never too early to start thinking about the next growing season in the garden. Last summer, enough butterflies visited my garden to get me started thinking of ways to attract more. More butterflies of each species as well as more…

Black swallowtail in September

Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) nectaring on verbena in September. According to NABA-North New Jersey Butterfly Club website, black swallowtails are black with a prominent line of large yellow spots across both wings as well as smaller submarginal yellow spots. Females have blue spots on hindwing…