I am having a love/hate relationship with nature right now. In particular with butterflies and moths.
On one hand I love them.
Every single day we have Ulysses butterflies in our yard with their brilliant blue wings.
We’ve planted trees to encourage them into our yard.
They have courtship rituals outside my back door.
They lay their eggs up high and their fat green caterpillars eat their fill of leaves.
I love thinking that I am responsible for the next generation of Ulysses butterflies.
I do not like the moths that lay their eggs in my soil nor their larvae, which are called cutworms, that nibble at the stalks of my tiny vegetable seedlings.
So far the beans have been chomped – we’ve lost all of those – and now they started on the capsicum plants.
I’d like to be the downfall of the next generation of these!
Any ideas or solutions?