A Butterfly Whisperer…by Jeanne Marie


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Many of you have read about my Dutchman’s Pipe plant and you have seen pictures of the incredible blooms on my Women Who Think Too Much blog.  I have written about how hundreds of the caterpillars ate the entire plant the first spring and there was only one little string of plant left when they had finished nibbling. The caterpillars creeped me out at first, but then I took a closer look and I realized that they are amazing. Dark cocoa brown with little orange spikes and you can even see their tiny faces if you get close enough. The second year, I had hundreds of caterpillars again and I had to decide if I should spray the tree or let the butterflies live. If you know me, you know what I did. I let the caterpillars live on the vines and I took thousands of pictures… I planned to…

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