Animal Control In The Garden
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What can be done to have a butterfly garden with a lot of birds in the area.

Zone Morgan City, Louisiana 70380 | Anonymous added on February 24, 2020 | Answered

I feed the birds regularly hoping they will not eat the butterfly caterpillars.

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on February 26, 2020

I had the same problem in my butterfly garden. If it wasn't the birds eating the caterpillars, it was the wasps. About the only thing you can do to protect the caterpillars is to cover the plant with netting once you have several caterpillars. The other option is rearing them in butterfly rearing cages so you can protect a few. The birds like to feed the caterpillars to their young, and once they find you have a good supply, they will stick around.

Here is an article on discouraging nuisance birds:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/controlling-birds-in-gardens.htm

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