Insect identification

Asked September 18, 2020, 1:57 PM EDT

What are these worm like creatures on my parsley

St. Mary's County Maryland

1 Response

These are the larvae of black swallowtail butterflies, also sometimes referred to as "parsley worms." These caterpillars feed on a variety of plants in the carrot family (parsley, dill, fennel). The following articles provide more information about them.

http://bugoftheweek.com/blog/2014/8/4/parsley-and-dill-beware-black-swallowtail-ipapilio-polyxenesi

https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2011/07/21/beautiful-worms-on-our-dill/

Christa