My street has a lot of fennel (or is it anise? I’m never sure) growing wild on the median, and every year it’s a home to anise swallowtail caterpillars. Because I have wonderful neighbors who pull weeds and pick up trash and prune street plants, I made a little sign this year so no one accidentally demolishes the butterfly habitat while the caterpillars are there. (Did you know that in their tiniest stages, swallowtail caterpillars are camouflaged as bird poop? Nature is so cool. They can be hard to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for!)
In case you have a similar situation and want to lend the pollinators a hand, I made a printable version of the sign you can download (and color, if you like). This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:
Swallowtail Caterpillars Printable
Give a pollinator a hand with a cute sign reminding people to watch out for caterpillars.
This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use.