A Helping Hand for the Monarch Butterflies

The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is surely one of the most beautiful and widely known butterfly species in the world.

a couple of beautiful monarch butterflies

They are famous for their incredible 3,000-mile migration each year from the north of America, all the way down to the southern State of California and to Mexico where they overwinter, and from where they begin the long journey back the following year.

Billions of the insects once congregated on the trees they use as roosts for the winter months. When in flight, they created (more…)

Did You Know There Are Pine Processionary Moths?

The Pine processionary moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) is a very common moth in many parts of southern Europe (including Spain and Portugal), North Africa and central Asia.

It has caterpillars that have some fascinating behavioral habits, but which can also be serious pests. The caterpillars have hairs that cover their bodies which can cause irritation to humans and other mammals.

a bunch of hairy processionary caterpillars

These hairs come out of the caterpillars when they are stressed, and cause (more…)

Caterpillars Are One of the Intriguing Wonders of Nature

Everyone is amazed by the incredible transformation that a caterpillar goes through before it becomes an adult butterfly or moth.

They have to change completely into a chrysalis for butterflies and a pupa for the moths, and then stay sleeping in this state while they are rebuilt into their new and glorious winged form.

moth larvae making cocoon

Many moth species have to spin a silken cocoon to house the pupa as well, while others may (more…)

Lamenting the Disappearance of Certain Species of Moths

What is happening to certain species of moths?

When I was a girl, and even much later in life, I used to feel rather joyful when I came across caterpillars and uncovering what species of butterfly or moth they would turn into.

I remember as a kid and also as a teenager, the common types that I could come upon in the garden or on my father or granddad’s allotments. I used to find (more…)

How to Get Rid Of Rabbits Naturally

The frolicking rabbits in my backyard and even in my front yard at the beginning of this year didn’t really bother either I or my hubby. But boy, does that feeling change when you try to plant flowers or you have a garden.

Though rabbits are harmless creatures, they can cause some major problems for us gardeners. How many times have you discovered your young flowers or even your garden plants eaten down to the root?

a wild rabbit in the backyard

For me, through the years it has just been too many to count!

And then when they take up residence under your deck you find they have discovered the perfect cover from man, beast and weather. This invariably makes for a perfect spot for those pesky rabbits to start their family.

Granted, I would prefer (more…)

Creating a Small Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are often attracted to a butterfly garden for two reasons: Food in the form of flower nectar, and the proper conditions in a garden that butterflies need to live and reproduce.

Good examples of these proper conditions include puddles or moist areas that butterflies use to get nutrients, sheltered, sunny spots to bask in, and host plants that the butterflies can lay their eggs on.

a bunch of butterflies congregating

Butterflies can be very (more…)

The Beneficial Insect Known as Green Lacewing

Common throughout North America, the adult green lacewing is a small, soft- bodied insect that is a light green color, has antennae, big eyes, six legs with, and lace style wings. This beneficial insect is often mistaken for a dragonfly.

an adult green lacewing

Eggs of this beneficial insect are whitish in color and can be (more…)