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Caterpiller
Gardening
Grow your own butterflies by raising caterpillers. I started with a swallowtail caterpiller I saw on a weed in the alley. I researched and found they like to eat anise, parsley, caraway, and angelica. So I planted all these in a big tub and moved the little caterpiller into it. The next day a truck crushed the weed. As I walked home I looked over the other weeds and soon had several little larvae. Eventually, they all climb up the anise stalk, form chrysalis, and hatch out in a couple of weeks, some of them overwinter even if they made their pupae at about the same time, one took only eight days.

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Mannfred, the Mighty

Oh Mannfred, my mighty caterpiller,
When it comes to love, you are a quota-filler.
You don't care if I am early or late,
You don't care if my world is full of hate.
You don't care if my workplace is a kennel.
You only want plenty of fennel.
I don't know if you are an anise swallowtail or a black,
I only know that evil you lack.
And when from your chrysalis you finally emerge,
In freeing you to the wild all my sins I will purge.

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After hatching they are wet and fragile, and need to hang on something for a few hours to get their wings stretched out.

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