Each fall, as the sweltering heat subsides, a window opens for cultivating an aromatic herb and sanctuary for the enchanting Black Swallowtail butterflies – Dill.
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Uses a variety of herbs in the carrot family (Apiaceae), such as Dill, Parsley, Parsnip, Carrot, Fennel, etc.
Known scientifically as Ruta graveolens, Rue is not only a visual delight but also a magnet for certain butterfly species.
An “instar” refers to the developmental stage of insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis, such as butterflies, between molts
The Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) caterpillar undergoes a series of developmental stages, much like other butterflies. This process is known as metamorphosis, and for butterflies, it encompasses four primary stages: 1. Egg The life of a Black Swallowtail begins as a tiny, spherical, cream-colored egg. The female butterfly usually lays […]
Cultivating dill from seed is a rewarding endeavor, and with the right steps, you can ensure successful germination and a steady supply of fresh dill for your culinary needs.
Quick Answer: Planting Dill every 2-3 weeks during the growing season ensures a continuous supply.
In North American gardens, dill serves as both a delightful addition to vegetable gardens and a vital component of butterfly gardens.
Let’s delve into the fascinating world of the Black Swallowtail and explore its life cycle, habitat, behavior, and its role in North America’s ecosystem.