Butter Fly Inn

This section in one of the city’s parks doesn’t get mowed until late summer. There is nothing special about the plants themselves, just a garden variety of weeds. No one can walk among the flowers because a fair share of the plants are stinging nettles – the sole source of food for several species of caterpillars. It wasn’t until heard all the buzzing and saw all the busy bees, I understood why the patch was left alone and why we have plenty of butterflies in the city.

Dieser Teil eines Parks in der Stadt wird bis zum Spätsommer nicht gemäht. An den Pflanzen ist nichts besonderes, klassische Unkrautmischung. Keiner kann dort herumlaufen, weil es so viele Brennesseln gibt, die einzige Nahrungsquelle für verschiedene Arten von Raupen. Ich hab erst beim Beobachten des geschäftigen Treibens auf den Blüten, begriffen warum nicht gemäht wird – und warum wir verhältnismäßig viele Schmetterlinge in der Stadt haben.


8 thoughts on “Butter Fly Inn

    • When I was out today, I saw a lot of butterflies. I know there are a few more patches that don’t get mowed either, the one shown above is just a rather large one I pass by quite regularly.

    • Die Wiese liegt weit genug von den ganzen braven, bürgerlichen Gärten weg, in denen man keine “Unkräuter” duldet. Sonst gäb das sicher Ärger.

  1. I love the idea of leaving a portion of the park to grow into a temporary meadow so that the butterflies and other insects will have a hospitable habitat! 🙂

    • We also have an astounding variety of birds, I spotted a goldfinch in a tree right here in the city only yesterday. Insects and seeds make good bird food…

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