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Nature Tuesday Challenge – Breeding Butterflies

These tiny butterlies (just around two cm across) love the jade plant for their thick juicy leaves. They hang around this plant and the kalanchoe all day. Butterflies love to lay their eggs under the leaves kalanchoe blossfeldiana plant. The eggs hatch and the caterpillars get inside the leaves.

Butterflies lay an large number of eggs and these soft, juicy, leaves  get completely mauled by the caterpillars. These caterpillars often destroy the plant itself. I have lost a few scores of plants to these butterflies. I sometimes wonder how these beautiful creatures could destroy these lovely plants. But such is life. Often we humans who are supposed to care and protect our environment destroy it mindlessly.

This jade plant was given to me as a gift to by my friend some ten years ago. From this jade I have propagated hundreds of plants and given them to my friends. We have unknowingly been breeding these tiny butterflies.

  • Question /

    Do you think it is okay to sacrifice plants for butterflies?

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    Do you like this tiny creature?

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Written by Dawn

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