While watering the other day, we noticed our parsley was looking a little sparse. It looked like a bug had been chewing away the leaves. We noticed, one, two, three, four of these little cuties. I wanted to remove them from our plants, but I didn’t want to hurt them, so I put them outside under a leafy bush and promptly went inside to find out what exactly they were. This is what I learned:
Name: Papilio Oregonius- A baby swallowtail butterfly, and the state bug of Oregon!
Diet: It feeds mostly on tarragon sagebush as a caterpillar. As an adult, it will feed on nectar.
Their chrysalids can overwinter.
Keep your eyes peeled!