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Have Fun with Live Butterflies

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One of the most fascinating hobbies for people of any age is the study of Live Butterflies because they reflect the changes in life in such an incredible stunning and enthralling metamorphosis.  Learning about these creatures is certainly fascinating for children, and actually having a butterfly garden can be a great project for a science class.  But these creatures are not only used in the classroom, they are used for a variety of other occasions as well.  Read further to get more information on what purchasing these creatures can be used for and the accessories that come with the creatures.


Classes and Education Purposes


Studying these wonderful creatures is great for science projects in schools, and to encourage the students to learn more about the world around them and nature itself.  Because these butterflies have such an interesting metamorphosis, they make for a fascinating study in the classroom.  Pavilions can be purchased to allow the children to watch the progression when the butterflies have laid their eggs, through the larvae, to the chrysalis, and finally the emergence of the next generation of these beautiful butterflies.


Releasing the Butterflies


It has become increasingly popular for brides to choose to release butterflies at their wedding instead of throwing rice or confetti – it’s certainly more environmentally friendly to have more of these wonderful creatures darting whimsically around the planet.  There are release cartons that contain the butterflies allowing the guests to open the ribbon on enclosures to allow the butterfly to be released at the appropriate time, or there can be a larger cage where all can be released simultaneously.


These are also popular to be released at Bar or Bat Mitzvah’s, anniversaries, birthdays, or graduations.  Because they are ecologically friendly, releasing them for any special occasion is a great idea and can have great symbolism for the people gathered at the celebration. 


Using on Bouquets


Another very popular practice that has become in vogue recently is using the butterflies on the bridal bouquets.  The butterflies can be placed in a cooler for up to 20 minutes, and then placed on the bouquet as the bridal party starts up the aisle.  Within a couple of minutes they will become active again and delight guests by leaving the bouquets, garlands, or other flowers throughout the venue to flutter around the room and enhance the wedding.


Most Popular Species


There are a variety of species that are very popular to be released at a variety of events, but the most popular tend to be the Monarch and Painted Lady varieties.  These are all the rage because of their wonderful golden and orange coloring and the striking black and white markings around the outer wings.  Of course there are other varieties that can be selected, but these are available through most of the suppliers.


It’s true that Live Butterflies can have a variety of purposes, both for teaching children about the life cycle of the creatures as well as using them for special events such as weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations.  They are always such a pleasure to observe.


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Garden: 5 Beneficial Garden Pests That You Want to Live in Your Garden

Not all garden pests are harmful for your garden. Some garden pests, in fact, provide excellent pest control to protect your plants from other quite harmful insects. Isn’t nature wonderful? Here are 5 well-known garden pests which you wouldn’t object to having in your garden. Some very useful techniques are also offered on how you can attract these insects that are in your area over to your garden.

1. Praying mantis. Praying mantises are regarded as the consummate small-sized predator. They are something to behold in their natural environment. The manner in which they hunt down their prey is methodical and meticulous. This makes them efficiently dangerous for other garden insects, but they are never dangerous for your garden. They harm it not at all.

Praying mantises can immediately put a stop to any pest infestation that may have started in your area. As a matter of fact, most gardening shops sell praying mantises for this purpose alone. That’s how useful they are.

2. Ladybugs. If you’re living in North America, then chances are very good that your garden will host this kind of bug. They are extremely widespread and so are very common.

Ladybugs feed on soft-bodied insects. These soft-bodies are harmful for your garden. Ladybugs will even feed on the eggs and larvae of these harmful garden pests. This is what makes ladybugs an excellent feature of natural pest control.

3. Spiders. We all know what many spiders do. They capture insects with their webs and feed on them. In this way, these spiders help to manage pest infestation. Those that dwell in gardens are usually not poisonous or lethal, and there is virtually no risk of these creatures ever creeping into the household.

If you want to attract spiders in your garden, grow some permanent perennials. These kinds of spiders find perennials very suitable for a home.

4. Tachinid flies. Grow some pollen and nectar plants, and you’ll be able to attract this variety of flies. Once in your garden, these Tachinid flies will feed on small harmful insects. We’re talking about armyworms, cutworms and cabbage loopers. How about caterpillars, gypsy moths, squash bugs and sawflies? All of these pests will eat away at your plants and give you a decaying garden. Tachinid flies to the rescue!

5. Parasitic wasps. Again, by providing pollen and nectar plants, you’d be able to attract these beneficial garden insects. They really will help your garden because these parasitic wasps will attack and feed on the eggs of harmful insects. With parasitic wasps inhabiting your garden, you’d be able to stop the infestation of dangerous insects by eliminating their very source: their eggs.

Isn’t that wonderful to have insects that will help your garden grow instead of damaging it? There are more kinds of insects that can help you in dealing with different types of pest invasions. Take the time to learn them. Your garden will be better for it.

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