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Life of a Butterfly

Posted by MariaBBB | Added on : June 08, 2010 09:22am | Viewed 1442 times | 0 Comments | This article is also in butterflies and butterflies

 


Butterflies love flowers - wild flowers free of any fertilizer, free of herbicide and free of pesticide. Jungle-like ... a peace of wild grass with all mixed wild flowers in your garden is an excellent starting-point for a private butterfly garden. Several groups of wild blossoming flowers all around your property will attract a number of different butterflies. Each butterfly variety has a preferred nectar flower and a preferred food plant. The food plant of bush a butterfly mother loves to put her eggs down. Later as the eggs hatch and pupa or caterpillars result. These caterpillars are hungry and feed on that particular food plant - hence its name food-plant. It serves as food for caterpillars. Be generous - plant many food-plants and let them eat as much as they need. The reward will be many colorful butterflies in your garden later on.


 


Depending on climate you will have your specific butterflies in your neighborhood and thus need particular food plants for those butterflies. Look around what kind of vegetable are most eaten up by caterpillars - and plant them somewhere in your garden or a corner of your garden, ... just for your butterfly garden. Look what kind of flowers in your climate zone are most visited by various butterflies. Go to a botanical garden or flower park to see what artificial flowers are most often visited during the different seasons of a year. Also look at wild fields and see what kind of flowers are preferred as the natural resource by your local butterfly species. Then plant groups of such blossoming flowers and bushes in your garden to offer an abundance of nectar to attract all butterflies of your local area into your garden.


 


Butterfly girls are like human girls - before they say ‘yes’ they often run ( fly ) away from the loved one. So do the butterfly girls. The poor butterfly husband has to chase the girl long before mating. Once he is "inside" her, she never attempts to fly away until mating is successfully and peacefully finished.


 


If you have food-plants in your garden - look for eggs on the plants. Collect butterfly eggs for hatching in a protected environment to have a greater number of butterflies to share with nature and your friends. Butterfly eggs can be hatched in a protected corner of your garden to keep predators away from the eggs and from the caterpillars as well. The typical daily work of a butterfly garden-angel is to look for eggs on leaves of typical butterfly food-plants and collect them ... also look out for caterpillars - then bring them into a protected hatching and feeding area until they turn into pupa.


 


In return for growing your butterflies release 10-20% of all butterflies into freedom. In a butterfly garden you may actually feed your caterpillars with the leaves of their preferred food plant rather than letting them feed on wild plants.


 


Caterpillars are hungry - they eat and eat - to multiply their body weight by approximately 100 times within a few weeks. The droplets the caterpillar leave behind can be used as valuable natural fertilizer for your house-plants.


 


The purpose of collecting eggs and caterpillar is two-fold: You protect your garden of being eaten up by large numbers of caterpillars and you also avoid your caterpillars being eaten up by birds and other predators living on butterfly eggs and butterfly caterpillars. In a protected hatching environment you can feed them as much as they are hungry without losing most of them like you would in wild nature and while protecting your garden at the same time.


 


After a while being caterpillar eating like carnivores on fleshy plants and leaves, the caterpillars then turn into pupa for several days. The butterfly state of pupa is nothing else but a state of deep meditation resulting in a total transformation from a plant eating caterpillar to a nectar eating, angel like being. The pupa stage transforms behavior and form of the original being - a full transformation in behavior and look like a re-materialization.


 


We have again a similarity to human life cycle development. We humans too start our physical being as egg, then turn into mostly carnivores to eat flesh or other living beings such as plants, salads, vegetables, etc - all living beings from the absolute point of view !! - later in our final steps of spiritual development we too go into a state similar to the pupa ... we meditate and turn into beings of love living for the remainder of eternity but from love and light.

 

 

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