Date Posted: Jul 22, 2016
Black swallowtail caterpillars can't get enough of spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculatum), a member of the carrot family. But don't get any ideas for yourself -- this robust wetland wildflower contains cicutoxin, a poisonous compound that can fatally disrupt our central nervous systems if ingested. It is also known by the more telling common names of beaver poison and suicide root.
Learn more about this pernicious plant on our blog.
Photo by Mary Keim.
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