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Inventory here for our last sale of 2023 at Riggs, Sept 10. 

Social media is the best way to keep up with us right now. We are planning a few remote sales for fall 2023, but you can order plants directly from us by sending an email to amy@wellfedcaterpillar.com. You can see the most current inventory we have here. *Note that species crossed out are not available (either because we're out or because they're not ready to be sold), and please know that inventory changes every day. 

We offer eco-design on a contract basis. Contact us if you're interested in consultation or design services.

Support ecology with your yard.

What's with the caterpillar?

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According to entomologist Doug Tallamy, caterpillars -- not worms! -- are a mama bird’s top choice to feed her young, and when they do survive, caterpillars turn into the "flying flowers" we love so much: butterflies and moths. There is a direct link between loss of caterpillar habitat and loss of bird species, so caterpillars are keystone critters in the food web that sustains life on the planet. Because of the highly specialized relationships between insects and native plants, without those plants, we lose the caterpillars, and the ecosystem breaks down. More native plants mean more caterpillars. More caterpillars mean more butterflies and birds -- and more life -- for everyone!

Our logo is the spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio troilus), possibly one of the cutest cats on earth. Illinois host plants for this butterfly are spicebush (Lindera benzoin) and sassafras (Sassafras albidum).

About Us

At The Well Fed Caterpillar, we sell a large selection of seed grown native plants from wild type genetics.

 

We also contract regenerative designs using almost exclusively native, wild-type plants. The focus of designs we offer are: building healthy soil, preserving and enhancing nutrient cycling, creating wildlife habitat, providing productive and healthy agricultural spaces, and cleaning and preserving our water resources.

Our Services

Our services include:

 

  • Native Plant Sales

  • Custom Landscape Designs

  • Soil testing

  • Consultation

  • Education

Events
Please know that you can purchase plants directly from us *anytime*, not just at our plant sales. Watch for event details here and on our social media! 
Fall Native Plant Sale at Riggs

Sunday, September 10, time TBD

Riggs Beer Company

1901 South High Cross Road in Urbana

 

People don't often think of fall as a time to plant, but there are advantages! The ground is warm, and native plants can get a jump start so some might bloom the following spring. Head to Riggs on Sept 10 to see what's in our end-of-season inventory! There will likely be discounted prices.

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