The Price of a Butterfly

I’m lucky to live in an area where Dainty Swallowtail butterflies occur. The larvae of these native butterflies have adapted to feed on cultivated citrus (such as lime and lemon) as well as native plants of the family Rutaceae.

So what do you do when big caterpillars are chewing chunks off your citrus leaves? Not a lot!

There is a line in my book Garden Pests, Diseases & Good Bugs which says: A citrus tree with a few chewed leaves is a small price to pay for the pleasure of observing beautiful swallowtails in the garden.

I hope you enjoy the video.

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2 Replies to “The Price of a Butterfly”

  1. Thank you Denis for your ongoing education and inspiration ( I am enjoying your books v much). An excellent balance on perspective.I’m a horticulturist and I’m on board with you- what are the cost(s) we qualify and quantify, and what are we willig to pay? A bit of perspective goes a long long way.