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There's a lovely little e-newsletter with links to new articles about gardening for wildlife

"Growing a Better Birdfeeder" discusses the importance of using native species of caterpillar host plants, not just to benefit the insects, but also to attract more birds.  Someone is building a database to list plants by the number of caterpillars they host. This is a level of sophistication that not even I had thought of, which doesn't happen much anymore, so I am really geeking out about it.  :D  I waaaaaant that list.  I looooove not having to make the damn thing myself.  And they're building to run on your zipcode so the plants will automatically be local-to-you.

EDIT 5/3/17: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron found the image-hidden link to the plant database.  \o/  You can look up plants to see what butterflies and moths they host, or look up insects to see their host plants.

Be a Butterfly Hero!  Because butterflies need saving too.  And these ones don't sting.  ;)

"Weedy to Wonderful" has ideas for making a wildlife garden look nicer.  Yes, we bought a sign for exactly the reason listed.  Also my favorite tip is to put your caterpillar host plants in a less-visible spot if people will be annoyed rather than excited by holes in the leaves.  Me, I see chewed plants and think, "Aww baby butterflies!"  But then I am weird.  When planting herbs beloved of the winged peoples, I plant extra parsley or dill for them and just move the caterpillars there.

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Date: 2017-05-03 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron
The link to the database is hidden under that final picture in the article. Alternatively, and we'll see if my html skills are working, here.

Edit: It worked! Adding that you can also search by how many plants host a specific caterpillar in your area.
Edited Date: 2017-05-03 11:22 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2017-05-04 01:32 am (UTC)
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This reminds me that, back when I was living with my parents, I resolved to plant some sacrificial parsley in order to save my dill, once I had my own garden. Time to start some parsley seeds going...

(Caterpillars tried to eat all the parsley and dill; I hate parsley and would have let it be devoured to save the dill, but mom loves parsley, too. End result was mom getting rid of the caterpillars, and me swearing that one day I'd grow parsley as a decoy.)

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