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Tips on Butterfly Watching Safety
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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