some of my hard work paid of with the blessings of a army of butterfly's
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Oh the frustration of caterpillars chewing through your greens... especially when your first starting out your gardens & crops... I know it well.
But read on for the silver lining & the natural beneficial balance you can incorporate. Butterfly's are natures natural activists for the beauty & need of nature, with their delicate beauty & color appealing not just to us humans but also flowers and insects. A greater awareness of the environment is the benefit of initial interest from us which can lead to a better understanding of the custodianship we have in preserving & building natural habitat eco systems. The presence or absence of butterflies is a predictor of whether an ecosystem is healthy. Ecologists study butterfly behavior, population numbers and migration patterns to help determine the impact of environmental issues.
Butterfly's are beneficial to the environment preferring both organic & native habitat. The preferred plants they visit are pollinated (just as bees do) with this symbiotic relationship they maintain with the plants they visit and their preferences for organic, native habitats.
Adult and larval forms are sensitive to pesticide, as are ladybirds & spiders. so its best to avoid these chemicals, for not only ones health sake. Butterfly's are susceptible to both pesticides and insecticides. The adult butterfly/moth and the larval caterpillar are also good food sources for wildlife, such as my favorite prey mantids, birds and lizards.
Always aim to create/repair eco systems where one can, even introduce & make ideal conditions for these little critters. In turn they will help control levels of pest that would other wise destroy a garden. It may be tricky at first when starting on a patch of dirt from scratch but eventually it is ideal to have some designated plants for these critters to munch on when they're growing caterpillars. Although the larval caterpillar feeds on its host plant at first, this minimal damage is often worth the benefits that come from a constant healthy population of adult butterfly's.
Enjoy the pics, factoids & a listing of plants I use, that attracts the butterfly's in my moon garden. There's also a vlog link of this post at the end of this post with links to how to create your own butterfly feeding stations. From chapter 'animal & Insect'
brightly colored, fragrant flowers draw in butterfly's and numerous plants rely on pollinators, such as butterflies, for reproduction. Clusters or a flat top plants are ideal, so they can have a seat, whilst drinking the nectar. Red, yellow, purple, pink and orange blossoms attract adult butterflies and short flower tubes allow them to reach the nectar. Add a variety of both diverse & of native plants for continuous bloom throughout the adult butterfly’s cycle & year. Here's a list of some plants i have in my moon garden (still establishing) & other classics that the winged critters love
butterfly plant lovers
encouraging them to stay
They need shrubs/shelter, water, pests & nectar to survive and when these things are in abundance, butterfly's & moths will happily stay throughout the year
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