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Kate you are a romantic softie. who else would love caterpillars.

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Kate you are a romantic softie. who else would love caterpillars.

A clump of nettles in a pot so they don't spread is ideal for any wildlife friendly garden.......easy enough if you don't let them seed.........highly recommmended

gardenning granny

the righrt ones are worth looking after - they give us the most beautiful butterflies

I have many butterfly friendly plants in the garden - just as important aas looking after the birds

Lovely story, well done to you!
Re gardening grannies point about looking after butterflies (& I take it insects generally) as well as birds.
I am thinking that feeding birds all year round will encourage a larger population of birds than my - and my neighbours' - gardens will naturally support. This larger population will also impact insects and caterpillars more by feeding on them!
Therefore I'm considering reducing or stopping feeding the birds - in the summer at least - so they don't overbreed and eat all the caterpillars, etc!
I have plenty of grasses with seed as well as any in the feeders


About two years ago I was 'babysitting' two of my grand-daughters. I use the term lightly as they were about 13 and 17! However, I too, collected some caterpillars and put them in a big plastic tub, with the leaves they were on, and topped up regularly with the same. A short while later they turned into fully fledged butterflies, and I have some wonderful photo's of brand new ones on the girls' fingers, sun shining on them, and the new butterflies flying off to enjoy their new lives. It was a fascinating study, with the girls even getting up early every day to see if any more had hatched, no mean feat for two teenagers!!
I would recommend this project to anyone, with or without children!!
  1. I would love to see your photos she'll 53  any chance of putting them on here.I'm sure others would too.
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Thomas Wilkinson2

There is a massive swarm of black caterpillars just outside where ~I work. I will have to get a photo and find out what they are. I also saw a slug munching away on a poppy i'd not long planted.. But I didnt have the heart to stop it! after all its just a little thing trying to get by like me! Probably too much of a softie for my own good...

Ive seen that too Thomas, u did take a pic, but cant post from my phone! There were so many they looked like nettle flowers dangling down (they were on nettles) amazing thing to see!
I also leave the slugs etc, good job Thomas!

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