I tried to convince the lady, at the farmers market today, to not kill the caterpillars that eat her dill. I told her I'd buy the caterpillars because I have no need for her dill.
She didn't buy into the idea. Although she asked what I would actually do with the caterpillars. I told her that I raise them and that they are black swallowtail butterflies. Her reaction was one of surprise, she said that she didn't realize they would become black swallowtails.
It made me appreciate coming from a family that knows "stuff". My dad still killed the caterpillars that ate his cabbage but he showed me the butterflies they turn into. He's also picked the caterpillars off the dill(before he'd use if for pickles) and let me have them to raise. He was also the first one to walk into the ditch yank a milkweed plant up and hand it to me. He said, "Look at that! Do you know what that will become?"
He'd give me caterpillars in jars filled with whatever plant he found them on. He's comment was always the same, "I thought you'd like to see what they will turn into." My parents let me have a corner of the livingroom for my caterpillar raising. I had many moths and butterflies...memeory lane.
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