These are the cause of why my fennel plant looks like it looks.
Actually, they’re all the same caterpillars. They ate fennel and they grew; caterpillars are like that. There were ten Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes, butterfly larvae dining on this fennel over the past week or so.
Eating and eating, until there’s nothing left,
…except defoliated stems and hiding caterpillars,
…ready for metamorphosis in their cozy chrysalides. I guess I should make that singular,
…because from all those caterpillars, this is the only chrysalis that I’ve found.
I’m sure the others are nearby, safe from munching predators. I’ll keep an open eye for the emerging butterflies during this next week.