Monday, June 15, 2009

Papilio machaon caterpillar

The Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) is protected by law in six provinces of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. As foodplants its caterpillar uses a wide variety of Umbellifers including wild carrot (Daucus carota), wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) and hogweeds (Heracleum spp). All of them growing abundant in our fields. They also like the fennel plants (Foeniculum vulgare) in our vegetable garden.

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