The Q&A Archives: Butterfly Bush

Question: Last year my Monrovia butterfly bush had caterpillars behind the trellis and the leaves kept curling. The same is happening this year. What can I use (natural, if possible) to control this situation. I trimmed the bush down last year after it bloomed to no avail.

Answer: Buddleia is commonly known as the Butterfly Bush because of its attractiveness to butterflies. When butterfly parents locate suitable places for their offspring to live, they lay eggs in the vicinity. Sounds as though your butterfly bush is attracting new generations of butterflies. I wouldn't recommend controlling the caterpillars - they're future butterflies!

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