GARDENERS BEWARE: Many of the plants you buy at Home Depot and Lowe’s may be treated with bee-killing neonictinoids. Because there’s no clear labeling, many good-intentioned gardeners end up poisoning the very bees they are trying to help(*Home Depot has indicated it is working on safer alternatives, but Lowe’s has not yet responded).
THE PERFECT CRIME: WHAT’S KILLING ALL THE BEES?
Honey bee colonies have experienced widespread die-offs in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Many beekeepers believe a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids are weakening their bees. Mega-corporations are making a killing off their pesticides—but are they also getting away with murder? (22 photos) Read Full>>http://earthjustice.org/features/the-perfect-crime
Habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use have decreased butterfly populations. Many people don’t realise that butterflies do not live on nectar alone, some species prefer, even require, overripe fruit to feed on. Decaying fruit has carbohydrates and minerals necessary to most butterflies.
Butterflies are particularly fond of oranges, grapefruits, cantaloupe, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, kiwi, apples, watermelon and bananas, especially mushy bananas that have been stored in the freezer and then thawed. Putting a plate inside a larger plate or saucer that is filled with water will keep ants away from the fruit.
More info here: http://www.inspirationgreen.com/fruit-for-the-butterflies.html
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