I killed my pet butterflies..................
May 23, 2010 10:50am CST
I am so sad. I had 2 butterflies that were in my yard every time I went out. They were so pretty. To keep them in the yard I bought them flowers. Yes, you heard me right. I wanted to keep my new little friends happy. About a month or so ago, my cats got fleas. I have been spraying the house, and finally remembered to buy some stuff for the outside yards where they got them in the first place. I sprayed the front yard and around the front and sides of the house. Then I went to the back and began to spray just the house, because I didn't want to harm any good bugs in the backyard. My butterflies were there, fluttering about and I was careful not to spray them. Then I noticed a WASP nest! It was the longest nest I had ever seen. I sprayed it, half expecting to get stung. A few minutes went by and I noticed my butterflies were no longer around. That nest though, it looked very odd for a wasp. I carefully walked up to it, and upon inspection realized it was not a wasp nest, nor any stingy bug nest at all. I concluded it was a butterfly nest, and that I had exterminated my little friends. I never saw a butterfly nest like that before. I had only seen a Monarch butterfly caccoon, and they look very different from these. I am leaving the butterfly nest up, in the hopes that another butterfly will take up residence in it. I do not know if another one will come back, but here's hoping.
• United States
24 May 10
Rosegardens I'm so sorry! Maybe you can plant some pretty red flowers to remember them by. Maybe that would bring more butterflies or even hummingbirds to the yard. I'm a nature lover like you are , and it would surely bother me . I know how you feel . Hopefully you will have some new little friends coming to your yard soon..
• United States
25 May 10
Thank you. I am still very sad when I walk in my yard and do not see them fluttering about. I do have some red flowers, a daisy type and roses so hopefully there will be butterflies that would like to make a home in my yard again. :) This time I know what to look for when I commence spraying!
23 May 10
the passion flowers or passion vines (Passiflora)i had for many years in my backyard are every year full with butterflies. some orange kind of them wich are common in my province / country. u can see the plant full of cocoons and some of the leaves eaten by the caterpillars..... ull see nice butterflies flying around in spring. i dont know why. but these butterflies only sorround this plant and no other.