The Disgusting Truth About Butterflies

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    I always thought of them as one of the more beautiful insects, I'm not too fond of most insects but I considered butterflies differently. I was looking at butterflies on the internet today and came across a few different articles about what they eat. Gross! I'm sure other insects might also eat gross things but it kind of turned me off of butterflies.

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/63521/7-disgusting-things-butterflies-eat
     
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    ...avoid Monarchs.;)
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    I love Mental Floss, however.
     
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    Yes, me too.
     
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    They also eat bird poop. I have swallows that nest under my carport and the butterflies feast on their poop. :D
     
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    Yuck, that makes me sick.....well if they eat it all you don't have to clean it.


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    Hey, everbodys gotta be somewhere. :D:D
     
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    Do you get a lot of butterflies, Shirley? I really don't see many at all. I also don't see lightening bugs.
     
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    So beautiful butterflies are yet they have a purpose. Lucky we aren't butterflies! Here in Hawaii we have the monarch butterfly and I've seen a yellow butterfly too. We have a Butterfly Society in Hawaii, here is their site: http://butterflysocietyofhawaii.org/. So far I've seen butterflies go to flowers on Oahu for food.
    I've seen where I go on Oahu these butterflies: The Monarch butterfly.

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    I've seen a yellow butterfly flying around our neighborhood all the time, so lovely to see.
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    I've always been a fan of those beautifully-decorated Cecropia moths. We had them in Phoenix area. Much larger than Monarchs, about twice their size.

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    I'll never eat another butterfly again.
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    I've only seen butterflies on flowers also, Krissttina.

    Not far from me and right before Yosemite National Park is the town of Mariposa (Spanish for butterfly) and they have a butterfly festival every year. I've been through the town but not at the time of the festival but I do remmeber stopping there and they have a wall of butterflies.

    http://www.yosemite125th.com/events/mariposa-butterfly-festival/

    Also Pacific Grove, CA. A town near my daughter is famous for Butterflies and there is a parade every year. I've been to that many times when the grandsons were smaller.
     
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    I wasn't aware of that until I saw it mentioned in the Good Morning thread...ugh. I also like butterflies, but had no idea. I guess it's true that we all serve a greater purpose. There's a butterfly garden a few miles down the road, and I walk there sometimes. I also have butterfly visitors on my balcony. They like the Mandevillas and jasmine. They enjoyed the gardenia before it died, too. I think when the weather cools off a bit I'll drive down there and go for a walk. It's right by my library, so perhaps I can combine my walk with a trip to pick up some books.
     
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    I was surprised when I read the info yesterday, just thought they flitted on flowers. Guess there's always more to everything than we thought, but it makes sense since they can only eat liquid or soft things. Forgot what it was called but they eat like they are sucking through a straw.

    Trip to the library sounds nice, Diane.
     
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    @Joe Riley

    If I recall correctly, the beautiful greenish-blue one is the "Tiger Swallowtail". Checking. Nope, memory fault, again:

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    I still think they are pretty, and I don't care what they eat! lol. I just don't seem to see butterflies the way I used to. We sure get moths around here though. I had one on my door...it's wingspread was as big as a medium size birds. I kid you not. Cat loves to eat moths...but I think I would have had to draw the line on that critter!!
     
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    It's so funny that you mention the giant moths. First one I saw here I freaked out. Thought it was a light brown bat!

    Never saw one so big in my life.
     
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    @Chrissy Page

    Until you see a "Hummingbird Moth" at work, ya ain't seen nuthin', as the guy says. Not quite as large as the Cecropia, nor bright-colored,. they use their wings just like hummingbirds, and hover over the blossoms as they gather nectar. The vid makes him (her?) appear quite large, but they are actually smaller than, say, the average dragonfly. Frank

     
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    It does look like a humming bird!
     
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    Butterflies are pretty creatures and it's sad to say that my husband hates butterflies. It makes its nest on the lemon and lime plants that when not noticed, the eggs would hatch into caterpillars that would ravage the young leaves of the plants. The butterflies do that every time whether it is rainy season or not, they have the penchant to build their nest in the lime and lemon plants. We still wonder why. We have to check the lime and lemon plants everyday for a budding nest of butterflies. I almost forget, moths are also in the same vein, they make the nest and come up with smaller caterpillars doing the same destruction to the plants.

    PS. But we don't harm the butterflies. We just let them do their thing and spray the plants with the garden hose to remove any vestiges of the butterfly's nest.
     
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    We have thousands of butterflies here and I have the children kill as many as possible because a short time after we have million caterpillars. I don’t want to use insecticides just don’t like them. My wife was taken to the butterfly museum in Toronto and she told my niece we have more at home.
    It was in her trip to Toronto but the museum was in Niagra Falls
     
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    I didn't realize they were so disliked til I started looking at some images of them. Some I can't even post on here
    But I guess they must symbolize something else too besides what we've grown up learning as children.

    I also didn't know they ate disgusting things til I started researching them.
     
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