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Papilio machaon caterpillars eating Angelica sylvestris in the Horus Horrei, Mantua. 

There’s no doubt about it: If you want lots of gorgeous butterflies in your garden, you have to have the right plants and flowers for them to eat and play around on.

These photos are for Shoshana Goldstein, who stopped me from squashing all of the caterpillars in the Galeazza Garden almost ten years ago. “But there are so many, and they’re eating all of the rue!" 

"Well we’re not eating it! I’d let them go. I think they become butterflies, Clark - Why don’t you check on internet.”

and sure enough, they do. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_World_Swallowtail