The last several days I have been going out to my Sven rose
and picking off Japanese Beetles. Every time I go out there, I pick at least one off. And, happily, squish it. As I was doing that this morning, I was also looking at my Butterfly Weed (it sits right next to the rose bush) and did my daily head count of our Monarch caterpillars. It changes every day, but there were at least five there this morning.
After I walked away and went to work on something else, I got to thinking…. why do I want to kill something that is eating my plants:
and, yet, I let something that is eating my plants live?
And I’m excited about having them eat my plants to the ground!
It sounds like something isn’t quite right in my reasoning. Of course, any gardener will agree that Japanese Beetles just eat to eat. They don’t do anything magical like going from a very small caterpillar to a large caterpillar to a chrysalis to a beautiful butterfly… all within the space of a few weeks. And that takes energy, so they have to eat something, right?
The “nurseries” for my Monarch caterpillars are also home to aphids this year.
And there are a lot of them. Unfortunately, I don’t want to spray them with anything because they are on the same plant as the caterpillars… and sometimes on the same leaf.
I guess I will just have to hope that the lady bugs show up soon to take care of my nursery!