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General Etiquette => Life...in general => Topic started by: BarensMom on October 18, 2012, 09:10:50 AM

Title: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BarensMom on October 18, 2012, 09:10:50 AM
My sister's friend told her this story:

Arlene and her DH have a "butterfly garden" planted in their yard, on which they spend a lot of time and effort.  Their neighbor, Eva, has a problem with the garden for some reason.  The other day, Eva, comes to their door and has the following conversation with Arlene:

Eva:  "You need to come clean up after your butterfly.  One of them has pooped on my window."
Arlene:  "How do you know it was a butterfly or that it's mine?"
Eva:  "I saw it poop!  You have a butterfly garden, so it must be yours!  Get over here and clean that nasty stuff off my window, NOW!"
Arlene:  "Nope, I won't be doing that."

I guess the question is:  Is Arlene responsible for cleaning butterfly poop off a neighbor's window?
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: fountainsoflettuce on October 18, 2012, 09:18:04 AM
No.

Next time, demand proof it truly is butterfly poop and proof that Arlene actually owns the butterfly.   (off to Google butterfly poop pictures)

 
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 18, 2012, 09:18:57 AM
*giggle*

No, absolutely not.  I have a bird feeder in my yard.  If my neighbour came over and told me that one of my birds pooped on her window and I had to come clean it up, I'd have had the same reaction as Arlene.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Jones on October 18, 2012, 09:22:33 AM
Say....ah, what? I did not realize that butterfly waste would be large enough to be visible  :o Much less, a whole mess that needs cleaning.

Butterflies, birds, deer, raccoons....all wild creatures, which are going to eat where they can find food and poo where they choose, and noone is truly responsible for where that lands. If neighbor wants to keep away the butterflies she can have zero color in her own yard, and that should keep the majority away from her windows.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BarensMom on October 18, 2012, 09:35:38 AM
Arlene and DH were curious, so did some research and found that butterfly poop consists small yellow dots of liquid.  So if you're in the Orlando area and see a small yellow blob on your window, it must be Arlene's fault. ::)
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: turtleIScream on October 18, 2012, 09:50:40 AM
If I had ever thought about butterfly poop, I would have imagined it to be nearly invisible, and just part of the "dirt" encountered in the natural world.

O/T - I know it's not the way the internet works, but threads like this make me picture a Google employee snickering at the jump in Google searches for "butterfly poop".
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: SuperMartianRobotGirl on October 18, 2012, 09:55:05 AM
She needs to keep her pet butterflies in her yard. Maybe even on a leash.

:D

OK, I'm just kidding. But this thread is hilarious.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 18, 2012, 09:58:01 AM
I think I'd be speechless if someone told me that about my butterflies.  And it really takes a lot to render me speechless! Eva sounds like a nitpicker, and needs to MHOB.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Thipu1 on October 18, 2012, 09:58:39 AM
This absurd request belongs in The SS thread.  :D

It's one thing if a neighbor's dog uses your lawn as a rest room.  It's quite another if a butterfly does it. No one owns butterflies.

It would be interesting to learn if Arlene's neighbor complains to the authorities about an 'animal nuisance'.     
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: rose red on October 18, 2012, 10:11:51 AM
"Nope, all my butterflies passed obedience school.  Must have been a stray."
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: PurpleFrog on October 18, 2012, 10:16:02 AM
Glad I'm not the only one who googled butterfly poop.

Not arliene's responsibility, neighbour is nuttier than squirrel poop, which is a whole 'nother story!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 18, 2012, 10:19:49 AM
I could see, going with my bird analogy, that if I was keeping a coop of racing pigeons and in their flights in and out, they were roosting on my neighbour's property and defecating that an argument could be made that I was responsible for cleaning it up.

But wild creatures?  Absolutely not.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Gogi on October 18, 2012, 10:21:24 AM
Wonder how she'll react when your butterflies go into heat? ;)
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Jones on October 18, 2012, 10:26:50 AM
Wonder how she'll react when your butterflies go into heat? ;)
Can you imagine? "They are cavorting all over the lawn! What will the children think?"
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: magicdomino on October 18, 2012, 10:30:22 AM
Do they even make plastic bags small enough to pick up butterfly poop?   ???

I know it's rude, but I would have burst out laughing.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: RingTailedLemur on October 18, 2012, 10:37:10 AM
Do they even make plastic bags small enough to pick up butterfly poop?   ???

I know it's rude, but I would have burst out laughing.

It seems someone does... http://www.irisong.com/product/minigrip.htm

(http://www.irisong.com/photo/minigrip_ziploc.jpg)

 >:D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: cabbageweevil on October 18, 2012, 10:46:09 AM
There are times when "people's creatures' doings" can, understandably, be found distasteful, and action should be taken -- but, butterflies ?!  The conclusion might be reached, that some folk are victims of a "cosmic clerical error" -- they were meant to be born not on Earth, but some place "far elsewhere", on which no life-form needs to eliminate bodily waste.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Bexx27 on October 18, 2012, 10:52:32 AM
So...somebody does suspect the butterfly?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjLtdUitlC8
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Auntie Mame on October 18, 2012, 10:55:36 AM
I have heard some cray cray neighbor requests in my day, and that is a brand spanking new one.  Congratulations to your friend, I have never heard that one before.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Betelnut on October 18, 2012, 11:07:24 AM
I actually googled the exact phrase, "Clean up after your butterfly."  The ONLY hit was for ehell.  It has got to mean something if a  complaint is so unique that it isn't in Google (beyond this thread).

The lady is a major special snowflake.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: JenJay on October 18, 2012, 11:17:55 AM
Do they even make plastic bags small enough to pick up butterfly poop?   ???

I know it's rude, but I would have burst out laughing.

It seems someone does... http://www.irisong.com/product/minigrip.htm

(http://www.irisong.com/photo/minigrip_ziploc.jpg)

 >:D

AND

Arlene and DH were curious, so did some research and found that butterfly poop consists small yellow dots of liquid.  So if you're in the Orlando area and see a small yellow blob on your window, it must be Arlene's fault. ::)

I am laughing so hard right now!!

I'm in Virginia, but butterflies can fly and stuff, so I'm going to need her number, too!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: magicdomino on October 18, 2012, 11:19:11 AM
I actually googled the exact phrase, "Clean up after your butterfly."  The ONLY hit was for ehell.  It has got to mean something if a  complaint is so unique that it isn't in Google (beyond this thread).

The lady is a major special snowflake.

Columnist Gene Weingarten calls that a "Googlenope," a phrase or sentence that doesn't get any hits in Google (until it gets published as a Googlenope, of course).    :)
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Betelnut on October 18, 2012, 11:40:48 AM
I actually googled the exact phrase, "Clean up after your butterfly."  The ONLY hit was for ehell.  It has got to mean something if a  complaint is so unique that it isn't in Google (beyond this thread).

The lady is a major special snowflake.

Columnist Gene Weingarten calls that a "Googlenope," a phrase or sentence that doesn't get any hits in Google (until it gets published as a Googlenope, of course).    :)

I knew there was a phrase for it (I read Gene too) but couldn't think of it!  Thanks for reminding me!  LOL
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: QueenofAllThings on October 18, 2012, 12:29:01 PM
You know, if you were a Good Neighbor, you'd curb your butterfly....
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Judah on October 18, 2012, 12:31:15 PM
You know, if you were a Good Neighbor, you'd curb your butterfly....

Or keep the butterflies indoors where they would learn to use teeny tiny litter trays.  Letting you butterflies roam the neighborhood is just reprehensible.  :o
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: snowdragon on October 18, 2012, 12:50:30 PM
She needs to keep her pet butterflies in her yard. Maybe even on a leash.

:D

OK, I'm just kidding. But this thread is hilarious.


I should not have read this while drinking coffee.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: IDriveADodgeStratus on October 18, 2012, 12:52:40 PM
Someone really should walk that butterfly.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: lady_disdain on October 18, 2012, 12:58:10 PM
Keeping free roaming butterflies is irresponsible. Not only do they make messes on other people's windows but they can also be hunted down by birds or end up on a car window. For shame!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: gingerzing on October 18, 2012, 01:01:44 PM
"Nope, all my butterflies passed obedience school.  Must have been a stray."

winner
 ;D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: bloo on October 18, 2012, 01:05:55 PM
This is the funniest, craziest, head-scratchingest thread I've EVER read! Thanks, Barensmom, for totally making my day.

Whenever I think I'm dealing with a stupid, inane request, I will count to ten and think about Arlene's poorly trained butterflies.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Bijou on October 18, 2012, 01:08:37 PM
At least your sister doesn't have a seagull garden.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Midge on October 18, 2012, 01:15:46 PM
She should carefully catch each and every one, and put itty bitty, teeny tiny little diapers on them until they're potty trained.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: LeeLieLow on October 18, 2012, 01:38:15 PM
       Young neighbor boy was walking through my backyard after playing with my even younger children.  He tells me that "your bees stung me." 
       No, no, no, they are not MY bees (and they didn't sting him, they are mining bees...and they are NOT mine).  Heck, young neighbor boy was only about 9 at the time.  How old is OP's neighbor?
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BarensMom on October 18, 2012, 01:45:54 PM
My sister's friend told her that it is an older lady in her 70's.  Since her husband died, the other neighbors have noticed Eva has slowly been "losing it." 
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Redneck Gravy on October 18, 2012, 01:49:44 PM
I just recently published a new title "Butterfly Training for Dummies"

Please send $19.95 plus s&h and I will mail you a copy, wait I'll double that for just the additional s&h of the second book and then you can give one to your neighbor...

oh my  >:D
 
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Twik on October 18, 2012, 01:53:58 PM
Well, technically, there have been nuisance complaints about people keeping bird feeders that attract huge numbers of pigeons and other birds, leading to a bit of, shall we say, environmental downturn in the immedate neighbourhood. It would be reasonable to complain about someone attracting 1,000 starlings that roosted in your yard after feasting at the neighbours.

But butterflies? The mind boggles.

EvilTwik imagines putting a dead one on her walk, then running after her screaming, "You KILLED my butterfly! I'll have the law on you!"
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: MummySweet on October 18, 2012, 03:31:00 PM

EvilTwik imagines putting a dead one on her walk, then running after her screaming, "You KILLED my butterfly! I'll have the law on you!"

Now I am picturing and incredible swarm of monarchs flying in to Ride of the Valkyries.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Twik on October 18, 2012, 03:34:58 PM
EvilTwik is making "Butterfly Attack Formation Training" signs as we speak.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: KaosP on October 18, 2012, 03:44:19 PM
Thank you all - this thread proved to be just as hilarious as the subject promised!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: ncmom22 on October 18, 2012, 04:06:28 PM
I know there is a wide variety of topics in this forum but I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this title.  I thought maybe it was about a dog named Butterfly!  Too funny!  You should submit this somewhere.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: wheeitsme on October 18, 2012, 04:24:07 PM
Well, technically, there have been nuisance complaints about people keeping bird feeders that attract huge numbers of pigeons and other birds, leading to a bit of, shall we say, environmental downturn in the immedate neighbourhood. It would be reasonable to complain about someone attracting 1,000 starlings that roosted in your yard after feasting at the neighbours.

But butterflies? The mind boggles.


And this is what I was thinking. 
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Catananche on October 18, 2012, 04:35:42 PM
If Neighbour-lady can point out exactly which butterfly it was, Arlene can give that one some extra training. Poor thing, having trouble with potty training...
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Starchasm on October 18, 2012, 09:52:56 PM
I used to work at an inside butterfly garden (attached to the U.S.' largest insectarium!) and this is CRACKING ME UP!  I would go home with a lot of butterfly poop on me, but we had between 800 and 1600 butterflies in a fairly small place.  They poop a lot, but it's very very small.  And reddish brown.

But my goodness, it's an insect!  Garden or not, everything does it!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: CinnamonGirl on October 18, 2012, 10:07:14 PM
Just when I think I've heard it all...  ;D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Mental Magpie on October 18, 2012, 11:00:06 PM
I cannot stop giggling!

"Was it the one with wings again?" *big sigh and eye roll* "She's just hit her rebellious teenager years and won't listen to a thing I say!"
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Arrynne on October 19, 2012, 12:54:34 AM
Thank you, Internet. Due to this thread, I've now watched a video of a butterfly pooing.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Mental Magpie on October 19, 2012, 02:01:29 AM
Thank you, Internet. Due to this thread, I've now watched a video of a butterfly pooing.

Ditto!

We have very limited bandwidth where I am.  A 30 minute episode on Netflix takes up about 1G of my 17G bandwidth; add to that the football Mental Boyfriend has been streaming, and we're really on tight restraints.

I said, through giggles, too Mental Boyfriend, "I am totally wasting some of our bandwidth to watch this butterfly poop...and it's going to be so worth it."
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: snowdragon on October 19, 2012, 02:07:45 AM
EvilTwik is making "Butterfly Attack Formation Training" signs as we speak.

I so want one! Bonus points for a t-shirt = just to make folks *really* wonder..
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Auntie Mame on October 19, 2012, 03:14:08 AM
Do the make shapoopies for butterflies?

http://www.theshapoopie.com/
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Quest_ on October 19, 2012, 08:59:54 AM
Wait, are we literally talking about butterfly feces here? When I read the OP I thought - because of the inverted commas around 'butterfly farm' - that 'butterfly' was standing in for something else, like pigeons, to preserve anonymity.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: magicdomino on October 19, 2012, 10:43:15 AM
Wait, are we literally talking about butterfly feces here? When I read the OP I thought - because of the inverted commas around 'butterfly farm' - that 'butterfly' was standing in for something else, like pigeons, to preserve anonymity.

Yup.   :D

Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Betelnut on October 19, 2012, 11:05:06 AM
I believe I now have the name of my next band.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: TootsNYC on October 19, 2012, 11:34:21 AM
wait--I have a physics question.

Things fall in a downward direction, due to gravity, yes?

Of course, they may start in a lateral/horizontal direction, depending on the force with which they begin their journey (a la water squirting from a hose).

Windows are generally vertical, yes? I guess there might be some deviation, if a house is old, not level, etc.

But I'm wondering how likely it would be that poop from a butterfly--whose legs lift its body away from the surface it is standing on--would exit with enough force that it would land on a window pane. On the sill, that makes sense. On the glass itself?

OP, can  you clarify--is the butterfly poop on the glass, or on the sill?
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Mental Magpie on October 19, 2012, 12:01:26 PM
wait--I have a physics question.

Things fall in a downward direction, due to gravity, yes?

Of course, they may start in a lateral/horizontal direction, depending on the force with which they begin their journey (a la water squirting from a hose).

Windows are generally vertical, yes? I guess there might be some deviation, if a house is old, not level, etc.

But I'm wondering how likely it would be that poop from a butterfly--whose legs lift its body away from the surface it is standing on--would exit with enough force that it would land on a window pane. On the sill, that makes sense. On the glass itself?

OP, can  you clarify--is the butterfly poop on the glass, or on the sill?

There's also wind to consider; I'm sure a gentle breeze is light enough to blow the itty bitty butterfly, uh, crappy.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Moonie on October 19, 2012, 04:36:13 PM
Do they even make plastic bags small enough to pick up butterfly poop?   ???

I know it's rude, but I would have burst out laughing.

It seems someone does... http://www.irisong.com/product/minigrip.htm

(http://www.irisong.com/photo/minigrip_ziploc.jpg)

 >:D

AND

Arlene and DH were curious, so did some research and found that butterfly poop consists small yellow dots of liquid.  So if you're in the Orlando area and see a small yellow blob on your window, it must be Arlene's fault. ::)

I am laughing so hard right now!!

I'm in Virginia, but butterflies can fly and stuff, so I'm going to need her number, too!


Don't you mean "number TWO" ?? :):)
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BarensMom on October 19, 2012, 05:47:05 PM
Eva said it was on the window.  I don't know the people involved and my sister only sees Arlene occasionally, so it'll at least a few months before we can get an update, if at all.

I told my sister to google "clean up after your butterfly," and she told me to thank all of you for your original and hilarious comments.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BarensMom on October 19, 2012, 05:49:23 PM
Do the make shapoopies for butterflies?

http://www.theshapoopie.com/

Uh, no, Baren wouldn't put up with that, much less a butterfly.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: jfost on October 19, 2012, 08:55:25 PM
What a nice introduction to Ettiquette Hell! I can not remember the last time I had coke running out of my nose because of laughing..... but it happened as I was reading this thread!  The subject and the responses are hilarious!!!!!!  I'm off to google Butterfly Poop!!!!! 
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Sock Puppet on October 19, 2012, 09:00:25 PM
I thought butterflies pooped rainbows? Who doesn't like rainbows!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: JonGirl on October 19, 2012, 11:58:42 PM



Did you ever see a butterfly flutterby?......

I'll keep a lookout for the pooping butterfly, it's the one with the nappy on!
 :D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: CharlieBraun on October 20, 2012, 09:42:23 AM
"Nope, all my butterflies passed obedience school.  Must have been a stray."

Thank you for making my day.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Venus193 on October 23, 2012, 04:23:43 PM
I really needed a laugh today.  Thanks!

I'm all for the "Ride of the Valkyries" video.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BeagleMommy on October 24, 2012, 01:21:01 PM
Best thread ever!  I told DH and DS about it and their responses were:

"Really?  No....wait....butterflies.  Really?"

 ;D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: bopper on October 24, 2012, 01:44:45 PM
I googled Butterfly poop and you can too to see pictures.
Who knew?
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: ladyknight1 on October 24, 2012, 02:18:41 PM
Arlene and DH were curious, so did some research and found that butterfly poop consists small yellow dots of liquid.  So if you're in the Orlando area and see a small yellow blob on your window, it must be Arlene's fault. ::)

I have some on my car! I blame Arlene.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Lady Godiva on October 24, 2012, 05:37:17 PM
Butterfly poop--the very idea is giving me butterflies in my stomach!

Oh, no!

I wish I hadn't thought of that!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Minmom3 on October 24, 2012, 09:28:08 PM
Do the make shapoopies for butterflies?

http://www.theshapoopie.com/

Uh, no, Baren wouldn't put up with that, much less a butterfly.

Much as I would love to be able to use that on my daughter's two Chihuahua girls, they would flee in abject panic at the sight of me sticking that under their bitty dog behinds....  Being able to pick it up once it's down and out, so to speak, is more functional to me, since both of them tend to move while pooping, so it's NEVER in one tidy pile!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Wolfgirl on October 25, 2012, 07:48:31 AM
Possibly the best thread ever.

I think you should go round, all serious, and insist the only solution is for her to install teeny tiny litter trays on her windowsill. You should insist on helping her fit them, of course...Insist that all your butterflies are of course house-trained, so any that continue to poop on her window are clearly stray or feral butterflies. It if therefore her duty to contact the Butterfly Warden and have them all rounded up.

I also love the idea of butterflies on tiny collars and leashes!  ;D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Minmom3 on October 25, 2012, 12:41:14 PM
Possibly the best thread ever.

I think you should go round, all serious, and insist the only solution is for her to install teeny tiny litter trays on her windowsill. You should insist on helping her fit them, of course...Insist that all your butterflies are of course house-trained, so any that continue to poop on her window are clearly stray or feral butterflies. It if therefore her duty to contact the Butterfly Warden and have them all rounded up.

I also love the idea of butterflies on tiny collars and leashes!  ;D

Found another band name, right HERE!  Feral Butterflies....   ;D  Woot, woot, woot!
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: blue2000 on October 25, 2012, 01:17:42 PM
Possibly the best thread ever.

I think you should go round, all serious, and insist the only solution is for her to install teeny tiny litter trays on her windowsill. You should insist on helping her fit them, of course...Insist that all your butterflies are of course house-trained, so any that continue to poop on her window are clearly stray or feral butterflies. It if therefore her duty to contact the Butterfly Warden and have them all rounded up.

I also love the idea of butterflies on tiny collars and leashes!  ;D

And now the question would be... do feral butterflies bite? Would they attack her when she goes out in her backyard? Viciously maul her tulips or frighten her cats?? That's much more dangerous than butterflies that haven't been properly litter-trained!

(BTW I'm claiming When Butterflies Attack as my alternative band/movie/book name!)
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Really? on October 25, 2012, 03:51:19 PM
I read this when it was first posted. But it still makes me laugh when I read the subject line and remember the story. thanks. ;D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: jfost on October 26, 2012, 03:14:06 PM
This story is so hilarious, DH has been sharing it with friends who still ask for updates.  I'm surprised that Butterfly Poop has not shown up as a trending topic in Yahoo or Google.... or has it? :o
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Wolfgirl on October 31, 2012, 09:57:01 AM
FYI; Feral Butterflies definitely bite. She should basically stay inside the house during daylight hours to be on the safe side...  >:D
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BarensMom on October 31, 2012, 12:02:38 PM
I spoke to my sister this a.m., and she says she won't be seeing Arlene for at least a few months.  She is under instructions to ask Arlene for an detailed update. 
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: magiccat26 on November 14, 2012, 10:18:15 AM
Ok, I know this thread is older but I was reading an article on MSN this morning about weird crimes with a price and was reminded of this thread.

In Pacific Grove, CA molesting butterflies carries a $500 fine.  So, the next time she threatens the butterflies, counter that you will call the cops and turn her in for butterfly molestation.  ;)
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: BarensMom on November 14, 2012, 11:33:19 AM
Ok, I know this thread is older but I was reading an article on MSN this morning about weird crimes with a price and was reminded of this thread.

In Pacific Grove, CA molesting butterflies carries a $500 fine.  So, the next time she threatens the butterflies, counter that you will call the cops and turn her in for butterfly molestation.  ;)

I've been to Pacific Grove in October.  It's a wonderful sight, but it can be tricky to drive around town without splatting a few.
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Minmom3 on November 14, 2012, 12:50:09 PM
Ok, I know this thread is older but I was reading an article on MSN this morning about weird crimes with a price and was reminded of this thread.

In Pacific Grove, CA molesting butterflies carries a $500 fine.  So, the next time she threatens the butterflies, counter that you will call the cops and turn her in for butterfly molestation.  ;)

That's because it has groves where the Monarch butterfly comes and does its thing.  In mass quantities.   Girls Scouts go and see them in the groves (there may even be a patch for it!).  School groups go and see them.  It's a tourist dollar thing... 

So, yeah, they ARE protected.  Hitting a few with your car is just inevitable, but they want to stop idiots with tennis rackets from going after them, or other types of 'butterfly vandalism'.   8)

ETA - removed an apostrophe...
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Marisol on November 14, 2012, 01:02:13 PM
So...somebody does suspect the butterfly?


Brilliant!!! 
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: bopper on December 20, 2013, 05:08:33 PM
I know I am resurrecting an old post, but just saw this:

http://notalwayslearning.com/moth-eaten-meanings/33226

Moth-Eaten Meanings
HIGH SCHOOL | GERMANY | LANGUAGE & WORDS, STUDENTS
(We’re discussing a poem and the symbolism in it.)

Student: “Everything means something? Even the butterflies?”

Teacher: “Especially the butterflies.”

Student: “But butterflies don’t do anything. They just fly around… and poop!”

Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: *inviteseller on December 20, 2013, 08:30:53 PM
Oh thank you for the best thread evahhhhhhhhhhh !!!!  I think Arlen needs some invisible fencing to keep her butterflies in her own yard, but it is gonna be tough to get those little collars on them.  Seriously, I have had some doozy neighbors, but this is the best nut case neighbor.  I also have a butterfly garden every summer (and boy oh boy did they come this year) but none of my neighbors complained of the copious amounts of butterfly poop.
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Post by: BarensMom on December 21, 2013, 05:18:54 AM
That reminds me...I'll have to ask my sister if she's seen Arlene lately.
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Post by: viviennebzb on December 21, 2013, 10:17:52 AM
I just wanted to say that I have lurked on EH for years, and THIS thread is what made me finally join. Just when I think I've heard of everything...:)
Title: Re: Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: zyrs on December 22, 2013, 02:46:52 AM
I know I am resurrecting an old post, but just saw this:

http://notalwayslearning.com/moth-eaten-meanings/33226


I read the same one and thought of this thread - thank you for finding it.
Title: Latest news on Clean up After Your Butterfly!
Post by: Barensaunt on March 14, 2014, 08:11:01 PM
The complaining neighbor no longer speaks to Arlene so there has been no further drama between them.  Arlene also commented that her butterfly garden was hit hard by freezing weather, so there are no butterflies for neighbor to complain about........ YET!  Arlene fully intends to plant a larger butterfly garden as soon as time and weather allow.   Hooray for Arlene!
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Post by: LifeOnPluto on March 15, 2014, 01:10:11 AM
How ever did I miss this thread the first time around?  ;D
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Post by: lakey on March 15, 2014, 08:36:20 PM
Wow, it's a good thing this neighbor doesn't live in Michigan. When things from nature end up on your property, they're pretty much your problem.

Here in Michigan we get issues with leaves in the fall. Your neighbor has a couple of huge oak trees. The leaves fall off, many into your yard. Then there is a windy day and all of his leaves blow into your yard. And you, with no oak trees in your yard, are stuck with raking the leaves. Heck, you don't even know if they are from his trees; they could have come from across the street. This is just the way life is.

Life isn't fair. People like the neighbor who make a big issue out of every little annoyance are never going to be happy. What's the silly woman going to do if she ends up with a dead animal in her yard.
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Post by: DragonKitty on March 15, 2014, 11:18:42 PM
Thank you  to all of you who revived this thread.  I've been a member since before this thread was started, but did not see it at the time. 

So thank you all for the laughs.  It has been entertaining, for me and for my DH.