Wel­come but­ter­flies

Gardeners' World - - We Love September -

I was pleased to see Nick Bai­ley ( Gar­den Doc­tor, Au­gust is­sue) high­light­ing the beauty and scarcity of but­ter­flies in our gar­dens, but then I was sur­prised to see on the next page that cater­pil­lars fea­ture in the top 10 pests. Surely we can’t have one with­out the other. I know it’s the poor old cab­bage whites that are first on the list, but I would be in­ter­ested to know which of our plants are home for the cater­pil­lars of the ‘good’ but­ter­flies, so that we can cut those cater­pil­lars some slack. Colin Mud­di­man, Shrop­shire I would like to re­as­sure Rose­mary Smith ( Have your say, Au­gust is­sue) that there have been plenty of but­ter­flies this year, es­pe­cially on our al­lot­ment. We’d be happy to send a few cab­bage whites, but we’ll keep the pea­cocks, red ad­mi­rals and painted ladies. We’ve even had a hum­ming­bird hawk-moth weav­ing through our borders. Mary Cook, Lin­colnshire

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