If you've decided you want to partake in the enjoyment of butterfly watching, you'll
need to learn how to keep the insects safe when they visit your garden. One important
way is to keep down the wasp population that likes to feed on the butterfly caterpillar
after injecting their eggs into their bodies. As the larvae emerge, they need sustenance
that the caterpillar provides.
Other predators of the butterfly are the bat, the birds, and other insect pests like
parasites. While the bats and birds would be hard to control, if you provide enough
other food, it will lower the chances of them feeding on your butterflies. If you spray
insecticide to kill off the insect pests, this could also endanger the very ones you wish to
preserve. So, the key is to arm yourself with knowledge of natural ways to avoid these
pests. Healthy soil and the right plants can help. Unfortunately, there's no way to keep
your butterflies completely safe for your watching enjoyment. You can only take as
many precautions as possible and as many as you can afford to increase their safety.
The butterflies aren't the only ones that must be kept safe. The people who choose to
watch them must keep themselves safe as well. If you plan to go away from your home
for watching to fields and meadows, you'll have to take precautions against snake bites,
ticks in high grasses, chiggers, insects that may cause allergic reactions, cuts or
scratches you may incur, dehydration, and wild animals. Another concern is the plant
life that could cause you to become ill. Poison oak can be more than just a nuisance for
some. If it gets into a person's eyes, it could mean serious injury.
If you are educated on the basic first aid steps, and know the area you're visiting, there
is little cause for concern. Preparation is the key to any successful adventure. If you'll
be hiking, you'll need to prepare yourself with the proper equipment and a way to reach
out for help should you become injured. If you will be camping, the same rules apply.
The clever thing to do is to always let someone know where you'll be going and when you
expect to return. No, butterfly watching doesn't seem like a dangerous hobby. But any
simple expedition can become dangerous at any time.
Safety must be taught and encouraged with young butterfly watching enthusiasts as
well. If a young person wanders into a field because they're intent upon a butterfly's
path, they could meet up with a snake or a wild animal that could cause them harm. It's
better to be overprotective than to wish you had!
Butterfly watching is one of the least dangerous ways to enjoy nature if you take the
right precautions and use common sense when on your field trips. If you educate
yourself on butterfly behaviour, you'll learn where best to find butterflies, their
caterpillars, and their chrysalises. Each stage of development is an important step
toward one of nature's most gentle and harmless creatures. The more you learn, the
better able you will be to help preserve their kind.
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