We love butterflies here at Glover Gardens, so we have a butterfly friendly landscape, including lots of butterfly weed. Tropical butterfly weed, to be specific.
We enjoy lots of monarch butterflies, floating on the wind through the yard, gracefully landing on the flowers.
But we like herbs, too, and I once had to relocate some caterpillars who were gorging on our parsley.
No, don’t eat the parsley – that’s for us! We’ve got butterfly weed for you.
I had to do a Caterpillar Relocation Project. Carefully. I snipped the denuded parsley stems and caught the caterpillars on a plate.
Then I slid the parsley stems into the butterfly weed, balancing them carefully.
It was a joy to watch them latch on.
All the transplanted caterpillars were happily “re-homed”, and I like to think we saw them flying about a few weeks later.