I was preparing (what turned out to be fantastic) chicken for dinner and needed parsley. I ran out to cut some from my plant and found five of these guys just hanging out. At first I thought they were just ugly bugs that would devour my herbs and give me nothing in return, but after some research I found that these fellas are at the front end of a life-cycle we witnessed part of on days 222, 227, and 235. This is what the black swallowtail caterpillar looks like soon after emerging from it's egg. I have never witnessed in the wild this much of one species' life-cycle.