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What is eating your plants?

 
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What is eating your plants?
 
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This beautiful, hungry, little critter is the Monarch Butterfly caterpillar...
And together with its brothers and sisters, they decimate our milkweed plants in a couple of days...
But we love them...

 
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I did not know monarchs lived in Europe, too!
 
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Mk Neal wrote:I did not know monarchs lived in Europe, too!


Actually, Mk Neal - some do, in Portugal.

BUT...

The Canary Islands are a unique part of Spain.
Geographically we are part of Africa and politically part of Europe.
The nearest island is just 67 miles (108 km) off the northwest African mainland.

But the Monarch butterflies are going extinct here, and we’re doing our best to support their population, by supplying them with growing “corridors” of milkweed plants.
That’s why I wrote above that we’re happy to have their caterpillars eat our plants.

Here is one of the butterflies that was born on our balcony...

 
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