Are moths migratory like butterflies?  Every year, we see one or two beautifully distinctive varieties.  They choose a spot to rest, unmoving, for two or three days and then they are gone.  Where to, I wonder?

Many years ago, we lived in Santa Cruz, California.  One of our favorite spots to sit by the ocean was Natural Bridges State Beach which was just down the hill, past the Wrigley’s gum factory and Lipton tea plant, from the clifftop apartment complex where we lived.  In addition to the small but spacious beach and the rock formation that gives it its name, there is a eucalyptus grove nearby that is the winter destination of Monarch butterflies migrating from the Rocky Mountains.  A short trail from the parking lot leads to a boardwalk viewing area.  There, on just a few eucalyptus trees, rest thousands of butterflies waiting for the return of warm weather.  It is a remarkable sight.

Getting back to the garden, to combat the aphids, we purchased an organic insect killer.  It is made from a variety of herbs including rosemary, thyme, peppermint and clove.  We sprayed it liberally on the Sugar Snap peas and hope that it will ward off any adult aphids and kill any eggs that may be hiding in there.  The spray has a pleasant aroma—one you would expect in the kitchen, not the garden—and I wondered whether we should try spraying it on chicken before grilling it.  At least our dinner would be aphid-free.

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