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To not know why butterflies are good

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BuonoEstente Fri 18-Nov-16 10:36:07

Obviously they're lovely but I have pesky caterpillars and they're munching at my foxgloves (sob sob). Can someone share with me why they should be encouraged in my garden. They may pollinate come spring but that's fuck all use when all my plants are leafless.

hellsbellsmelons Fri 18-Nov-16 10:57:44

Butterflies and moths <shudders, skin crawls>
I feckin' hate them.
There is nothing 'lovely' about them.
However, they are very useful, help pollination, part of the food chain, etc...
But I can't even look at pictures of them without my stomach churning and wanting to throw up (think I might need some therapy) confused

Temporaryname137 Fri 18-Nov-16 10:58:57

The problem with the caterpillars is that they could just be for vile hideous terrifying moths. In which case you should kill them with fire. But they could be beautiful butterflies, which make your garden look just as lovely as the foxgloves...

This will probably be the most utterly useless reply you get, I may as well give myself a biscuit now!

Veggiesupremeextracheese Fri 18-Nov-16 11:01:23

I absolutely despise butterflies and moths, I can't think of anything scarier!!

BuonoEstente Fri 18-Nov-16 11:06:36

I'm quite partial to a moth, I had a beautiful gold one once which I later found dangling out of my cats mouth, he loves them too.

PhilODox Fri 18-Nov-16 11:13:41

I'm with hells. I even prefer wasps to butterflies.
They're just so disturbing the way they flutter .

Ifailed Fri 18-Nov-16 11:24:09

You have to remember that butterflies and moths don't exist in isolation. They and their offspring provide food for other creatures and have evolved over millions of years to coexist in many ecosystems. As to munching on your foxgloves, I'm surprised they are even growing at this time of year, let alone have caterpillars on them - where are you?

BuonoEstente Fri 18-Nov-16 11:30:23

I'm in the UK, I have a variety that you plant in March for flowering the next year and they keep their leaves over winter (what's left of them anyway)

5OBalesofHay Fri 18-Nov-16 11:33:56

YANBU. Hideous tongued little fuckers creep me out.

CruCru Fri 18-Nov-16 11:37:18

Moths are great food for bats.

Ifailed Fri 18-Nov-16 11:46:18

most foxgloves are biennial so you plant for flowering next year. I meant that usually the leaves die back in winter, new growth comes in the spring along with the flower stem. I doubt if the caterpillars are doing much harm.

hellsbellsmelons Fri 18-Nov-16 11:46:27

I'm so glad I'm not alone in my completely irrational phobia here!
Everyone I know thinks I'm bonkers for this.

BuonoEstente Fri 18-Nov-16 12:01:05

Thanks Ifailed, I didn't know that, leaves are still looking bushy and full but it'll stop me panicking when they die off (and has soothed my caterpillar rage). Very glad I posted now.

Ifailed Fri 18-Nov-16 12:33:01

"die off" is probably a bit extreme, but the plant basically goes to sleep and the leaves will start to look a bit ropey. Come spring, though, a whole new set will emerge, along with the flowers.

Beewhisperer Fri 18-Nov-16 12:36:20

So glad I'm not the only one that doesn't like butterflies.
Fucking moths in track suits!

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 18-Nov-16 12:37:31

I thought this was going to be about relationships, but actual butterflies grin

I love them, but I also have a grudging respect for wasps and their late summer sugar madness.

PoptartPoptart Fri 18-Nov-16 12:49:04

I was taken to an indoor butterfly and moth sanctuary when I was young. Bloody things fluttering everywhere, landing on me and flapping their wings. I cried so much I had to be taken out. Hated the bastards ever since. Give me a bee or wasp any day cos at least you can hear them coming!

KurriKurri Fri 18-Nov-16 12:51:50

I feel compelled to come on and defend butterflies and moths. I love them (especially moths) they are just beautiful and fascinating, they don't hurt anyone, they don't sting or bite.

They have an amazing life cycle, - a caterpillar feeding itself up, turning into a pupa, then turning into a soup which gets reconstituted into a moth - that's beyond imagination it's so brilliant. They are true wonders of nature. Some are so sensitive that a male can detect a miniscule amount of female moth pheremone from miles away, and he will fly those miles to find her.

And they have a dreamy ethereal quality about them - beautiful yet fragile, drawn to the light even though it may take them to their doom. A long developing process for a short lived but incredible life - colourful, fluttering, swooping and dancing.

You are all mad - moths and butterflies are nature's finest hour.

(and that is the end of the party political broadcast on behalf of the Lepidoptera Party grin)

Verytee Fri 18-Nov-16 14:02:22

Butterfly farm=one of the most horrific experiences of my life.

HoopsBouquet Fri 18-Nov-16 14:09:27

Fucking moths in tracksuits, I love it, I'm nicking that grin

I had a lovely moth once, it was in a Tesco herb salad, I nearly bit it. The thought of half a moth on my plate is making me shudder, months later.

Tinkfromlovejoy Fri 18-Nov-16 14:17:35

Fucking moths in track suits grin

HoopsBouquet Fri 18-Nov-16 14:22:54

KurriKurri I re-read your post, I'd missed the bit where you wrote 'they have a dreamy ethereal quality about them - beautiful yet fragile, drawn to the light' I think I might convert to Lepidopterism grin

LuckyBitches Fri 18-Nov-16 14:41:44

You can put the ball in their court - if you pick the caterpillars off and put them on another kind of plant, they refuse to eat it and die, apparently.

BuonoEstente Fri 18-Nov-16 16:15:26

Oooo good plan

BuonoEstente Sat 19-Nov-16 19:51:01

I found a culprit today, I popped it on the bird feeder - no birds have been yet and it's wiggling and making me feel guilty.

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