We are so lucky.
Charlotte found caterpillars on the parsley plants and brought them to her home for safe keeping while we figured out how best to help them survive the winter.
Then, the power of Facebook came into play and through another friend, Kylee Baumle, a butterfly book author and expert, advised us that the caterpillars would survive the winter outside (even here in the Northeast) in the chrysalis stage.
Here’s what she wrote: “If she found them on parsley, they are most probably caterpillars of the Eastern Black Swallowtail. These will likely stay in the chrysalis stage all winter. I’d just leave them outside in an area where they can pupate safely. (In other words, not get stepped on!) They don’t migrate and will be fine all winter in their chrysalis stage.”
I like leaving nature in nature’s good hands. Thank you, Kylee. If you haven’t read her book: The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly, here’s a link to Amazon.