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Well, this year has seen in my gardens the most butterflies we have ever seen, in abundance. BUT what comes after the Flutterbys, Caterpillars I hear you say. By the hundreds I can tell you, especially on the Citrus. And what comes after the Caterpillars, well of course More Beautiful Butterflies I hear you say.

Well I cannot bring myself to remove them, after all it is selective pruning that they are doing, just saving me the job???????

Is anyone else experiencing this????????

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Comment by Lissa on February 27, 2015 at 4:14

Great list Rob! You know your butterflies.

Comment by Rob Walter on February 26, 2015 at 18:12

Cabbage white caterpillars get sqooshed, as do any of the smaller varieties. Anything that looks like it could turn into something beautiful is relocated or ignored (since relocation can be fatal).

A neighbour and I counted 14 species of butterfly the other day, and I have since added a couple more:

  • Blue triangle
  • Australian crow
  • Evening brown
  • Cabbage white
  • Lemon yellow
  • Some sort of skipper
  • Orchard butterfly
  • Common eggfly
  • Small dusky blue or similar
  • Big greasy
  • Meadow argus
  • Common jezebel
  • Blue tiger
  • Wanderer
  • Green triangle

I'm sure there's a couple more, but I can't think of them right now. What a joy!

Comment by Lissa on February 24, 2015 at 5:24

I had Blue Triangles and another I don't know the name of, in the garden yesterday. Plus some very pretty moth which flew off before I could get a photo.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 23, 2015 at 19:58

If I have leaf damage, and there is a caterpillar nearby, then we experience the great circle of life. 

*Andy tries to look sage but only looks stoopid.*

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 23, 2015 at 18:24

Oh Andrew, You had better be careful, if you feed your animals Flutterby Caterpillars, your animals might sprout wing and fly away....

Comment by Lissa on February 23, 2015 at 17:55

Oh Andrew. You plan on feeding butterfly caterpillars to your animals?

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 23, 2015 at 17:48

I have quite a few "flutter bys" at the moment.  If I get caterpillars, I hope they are easy to see - the fish and chickens love them. 

Comment by Florence on February 23, 2015 at 12:45

I did notice a few, there are some years that I hardly see any butterflies at all, so it's a good sign that I have seen them around recently.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 16, 2015 at 7:18

Sounds like a good sign of increasing health of your gardens. There are a few about but not in enough numbers yet for me to be wondering.

Comment by Lissa on February 16, 2015 at 5:34

Yes. Love hate relationship with the butterflies lol. Like you I can't bring myself to destroy a butterfly caterpillar. I even went out the other day and bought some Pentas and a few other butterfly attracting plants!

They are part of the natural landscape and have been thin on the ground in recent years. Probably due to pesticide use but I don't know that for sure.

Get around it by removing them from your food plants, or at least before they destroy your food plants. They have eaten the leaves entirely from my Taro of all things. Not worried about this plant though as it just puts up new leaves in no time at all.

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