Caterpillars Attack Dill Weed

Dill weed plants on one side of the garden appear to have been mowed down overnight. Well, not exactly mowed to the ground, but these herbs quickly became half as tall.

The culprits were caught in the act —

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Eats Dill Weed
Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Eats Dill Weed

I was worried that the plants wouldn’t recover, but once the offending critters were removed the plants were able to keep on growing. They aren’t as tall as the rest of the dill in the garden, perhaps just 2 feet tall, but they matured just the same and are now producing flowers.

The moral of this story is to be ever vigilant in your garden.

Never give up on your green friends. They may just surprise you like the dill herb did in this case. Happy ending! 🙂