Butterflies - Love 'em or hate 'em?

Butterflies - Love 'em or hate 'em?

This year seems to have been a good one – lots of butterflies all over my butterfly friendly plants. Now, do I love them or hate them?

I love the Red Admirals, Peacocks, Tortoiseshells and Painted Ladies for their bright colours and relaxing fluttering but then there’s the Whites …

My principle of pest control on fruit and veg is that I don’t mind sharing but the White butterflies don’t follow that arrangement; their caterpillars are so numerous that they strip the leaves completely from any brassica. They even managed to find their way through my protective netting this year – I had caterpillars on my seedling Spring Cabbage bigger than the plant ….

The final butterfly, which tips me in favour of love rather than hate, is the Brimstone. You don’t see that many of these. They usually appear in the spring, before the other butterflies are about, and again this time of year as they look for places to hibernate. These, of course, are bright yellow and are thought to have inspired the name ‘butter’fly.

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