Butterflies are sheer joy, provided you distinguish between friends and foes.
The secret is knowing your caterpillars, which to let be and which to despatch. The plot where I'm making a garden was once waist high in stinging nettles and a mass of nettle-feeding butterflies.
The nettles, of course, had to go. They were a devil to dig up, the tough yellow roots, thick as rope, ran for miles underground. But I have planted enough...
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