Caterpillar – Letter: Remember everything in nature has a purpose
In House & Home (FT Weekend, April 3) I was shocked to read Robin Lane Fox promoting how to kill caterpillars in the very same publication that featured Greta Thunberg (“The Greta effect”, April 3).
There is a Neapolitan saying “Non sputare in cielo che in faccia ti torna” (Don’t spit in the sky because it will return in your face).
These poisons — and that goes for all pesticides put down to kill things — don’t magically disappear. An adorable wren may hop along and eat that poisoned caterpillar!
And I am reminded of Blake’s lines, “He who shall hurt the little wren/Shall never be beloved by Men”.
Caterpillars become moths that pollinate. Generally in nature everything has a function.
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