And this is a very sorry state of affairs indeed!
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs only on plants in the milkweed family, so showing this caterpillar on Ortho’s Flower, Fruit, and Vegetable Insect Killer is misleading at best, because monarch caterpillars pose no danger to your tomato plants, your fruit trees, or any other plant in your garden.
Ortho is also using the Monarch caterpillar on their Bug Be Gon products.
The amazing migration of the Monarch butterfly has been called an “endangered phenomenon” and one of our primary goals as wildlife gardeners is to create welcoming habitat in our gardens to assist these beautiful butterflies on this incredible journey.
Many wildlife gardeners have certified their gardens as Monarch Way Stations, and work diligently to provide lots of milkweed in their gardens to feed these hungry caterpillars. For many, the arrival of the first Monarchs in spring is a cause for celebration.
And yet Ortho is using photos of this beautiful butterfly’s caterpillar to sell their poisons. This is completely unacceptable!
It should come as no surprise that Ortho is owned by the Scotts Miracle Gro company, who recently got fined millions of dollars for knowingly selling pesticide tainted birdseed.
Scotts Miracle Gro is also the US distributor for Monsanto’s Roundup, a toxic chemical that is causing birth defects in frogs and other amphibians, and is killing soil organisms and wreaking havoc for all kinds of wildlife.
Please tell Ortho that continuing to use the Monarch caterpillar as a symbol of a “bad” bug to be poisoned with their toxic chemicals is unacceptable. Please sign the petition to get Ortho to stop this irresponsible practice immediately.
Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.
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