Monday, September 5, 2011

Excuse Me, Mr. Parsley Lover

Recently, with a pot of homemade sauce simmering away on the stove, I set out to make meatballs.

I love summer because I am able to grow my own Italian flat leaf parsley & just hop out my back door for fresh parsley whenever I wish.

On this particular day, as I grabbed a handful of the herb, I nearly jumped out of my skin when I saw this:

I am no bug lover so upon closer examination (yet with one foot ready to run should he attack me) it appears that this fellow enjoys eating parsley. He has eaten all the leaves off that stem.

Honestly now. Do all caterpillars eat parsley or have I discovered the only one who finds a feast in Italian parsley? I've been checking for him for several days now & he is still hanging out on that same spot of parsley. Weird.

Since he obviously loves parsley, of the Italian flat leaf variety, perhaps I should name him Carmine? Carmine the Caterpillar, mio amico. Si?


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  1. Hi Gina,

    Carmine is going to be a black swallowtail butterfly. :-)


  2. I haven't seen a caterpillar for's probably spinning a cocoon right there on your parsley! How did the meatballs come out?

  3. I'd have jumped a foot too! He is an Italian caterpillar so the name fits:)

  4. LOL! Cute post. Hmmm...Carmine the caterpillar...I like it:)

  5. He must be Italian! He sure was cute LOL!

  6. Love the little guy!! His colors are so bright and he does seem to be lovin it on that parsley leaf!! I bet the sauce you made was delish!!

  7. Hi lovely lady.
    I love caterpillars some day will be a Beautiful Butterfly.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescapes.
    XXOO Diane

  8. Gina, your caterpillar is a cute little thing but I would be angry with him for eating the parsley. Maybe he is a smart caterpillar since he picked some very healthy looking parsley! Shannon

  9. I think you're adorable for naming the caterpillar and for not squashing him even though he's eating your parsley! Thank goodness you found him outside and not in your dinner!


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