Butterflies and Caterpillars

It is enviable, when growing so many delicious fruit and vegetables in one place, that there is going to be some competition with regards to who is going to eat it. Unfortunately last week the caterpillars in the garden where winning!

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As can be seen in the picture above, a caterpillar has been munching his way through the leaves. This small hairy caterpillar will turn into a white butterfly, and is particularly fond of cabbages. He was safely removed and placed far away from the plot. Other caterpillars that where spotted growing on some ragwort just outside the garden, can be seen pictured. They are bright yellow and black in colour, and will turn into a Cinnabar Moth. Their bright colours advise predators that they are poisonous to eat, which they build up from eat the poisonous weed ragwort. In some countries, these pesky caterpillars have been introduced to help control the spread of ragwort.

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Of course, caterpillars turn into butterflies and moths - the the middle wall in the garden, was just hoaching with butterflies, in the warm weather last week. Pictured above is a Tortoiseshell butterfly, which is recognisable by its distinctive colouring on its wings. While bees are better known for pollination, butterflies do their fair share and are an important insect. They transfer pollen via their legs and can see more colours than bees, meaning they visit a different variety of flowers.