September 7, 2002

The Butterfly

Visit and enjoy any number of Georgia's
butterfly gardens. And, if so inclined, plant your own using a few tips
provided by Walter and his guests this week.

Butterflies and moths undergo some dramatic changes during their
lives. Their eggs are small and often difficult to see unless they are
deposited in a large mass. Their young are caterpillars that are
basically 'eating machines'. Then they change to pupae that may hang on
the plant, be hidden in plant debris, or be buried in the soil. The
adult is the butterfly or moth that emerges from that pupal stage.

Walter visits with Celia Whitman at Callaway Gardens to learn
the life cycle of a butterfly. He then travels to the Atlanta Botanical
Garden and their Children's Garden area to demonstrate some of the
plants that are most attractive to adult butterflies. Special guest
Michael Skinner, host of GPTV's Georgia Outdoors, joins Walter to plant
a butterfly garden using only native plants.

And, Bob Westerfield, consumer horticulturist with the Georgia
Center for Urban Agriculture, explains why pesticides are not a good
practice in your butterfly garden.


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