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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A black swallowtail caterpillar snacks on some dill.

After accidentally overplanting dill, I noticed (for the first time in my garden) a black swallowtail butterfly laying its eggs in the mature plants. Within weeks, some of these eggs hatched into caterpillars. Though none survived to the cocoon stage, it was great fun to watch them grow and snack on the extra plants.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Overland Park, Kansas, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Copyright: © Beth Lipoff