After reading many postings stating that Swallowtail caterpillars loved Dill, I decided to plant some for that express purpose. By the time the plants were only three inches tall, they already had a large specimen dining on the fresh greens. That particular caterpillar eventually disappeared. I assume it went off somewhere to begin its transformation to life as a butterfly.
But now that the Dill is almost six inches in height, there are almost a dozen of the little caterpillars scattered about the frilly leaves.
The largest is presently just over a quarter inch, with most much smaller. At this stage, they each have a small white saddle midway down their length.
The seem to grow almost overnight, so I'm looking forward to watching them gain in size and develop their distinctive white, black & yellow pattern.
If I am lucky, maybe one will stick around for the transformation. Would love to discover a chrysalis amongst the foliage.