Butterfly Bush Woes - Knowledgebase Question

Milwaukee, Wi
Question by doctorrj18
May 25, 2009
Something is eating away the leaves of my butterfly bush. Could you tell me what insect is doing this, and what can I do to stop it before it kills the bush. Thank you~~

Answer from NGA
May 25, 2009


The flowers of butterfly bushes provide nectar for adult butterflies and the leaves provide nourishment for butterfly larvae. I wouldn't be at all surprised to find caterpillars (future generation of new butterflies) are feeding on your butterfly bush. If you kill off these caterpillars, you'll kill the next generation of butterflies. I hope you can live with the plant damage. While it doesn't look very attractive to gardeners, the shrub will survive, and so will a bounty of butterflies.

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