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Butterfly: Garden Critter of the Month

Butterflies at a glance Occupation:Pollinators & PestsValue to Gardener:2/5 – Mostly pest species, specialist pollinatorsDanger to Humans:1/5 – HarmlessAvailability:5/5 – They’ll arrive Tafel CXXVIII. Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 unter den  Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wüllerstorf-Urbair.1864. Acidalia pedilata; Cidaria undosata; Timandra goniaria; Semiothisa foveolata; Acidalia tuhuata;… Continue reading Butterfly: Garden Critter of the Month

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Caterpillars – Garden Pest of the Month

Caterpillars at a glance Type of Damage Chewing Plant Symptoms Holes in fruits, missing leaves, eaten leaves, ‘felled’ seedlings Favourite Plant Most food crops, especially tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes, citrus, sweet potato, Solanum family Control Biological (predators: wasps, mantids, assassin bugs & chickens), else physical removal Quick Intro Caterpillars are regarded as one of the… Continue reading Caterpillars – Garden Pest of the Month