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Butterfly's!

Posted by jennypat Zone 3b NW MN (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 17:56

I just realized that I have not seen one, not ONE butterfly in my yard this year! I looked at my notes and pictures from previous years. Last year I had monarch caterpillers on my milkweed June 6th. That same day I took pictures of a butterfly and at sphinx moth on my salvia. This is normal! I usually have lots of both of them!
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I know last year was warm and things were early, and this year is cold and things are later. But NO butterfly's??? It seems really odd to me.


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RE: Butterfly's!

There was an article in the Strib recently (today, maybe?) about the paucity of butterflies this season. Good read.

Gary


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RE: Butterfly's!

Have seen a fex Mourning Cloaks and White Admirals, but aside from that not much else.

Usually by this time we have boatloads of Tiger and Black Swallowtails, Monarchs and Giant Swallowtails plus a few Commas and Fritillaries.

My neighbor gets a lot of large moths such as Polyphemus and Luna, but he commented to me last week he hasn't seen any of those this year yet.

Linda


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I've had a couple tiger swallowtails, and a viceroy over the past couple weeks; A monarch showed up this past Sunday and was hanging on the milkweed....... Hoping to see more now!!


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Saw my first monarchs yesterday. Hoping they will lay eggs on the milkweeds in my gardens.


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I had heard on mpr that the monarch population had "crashed" nationally, due to drought last summer along with the typical prob (pesticide use, loss of natural habitat, etc). I heard the population was down in overwintering butterflies in south/central america. I have tons of milkweeds and have yet to see a monarch. Good if some are seeing them, we need to help build the population back. If we aren't seeing swallowtails etc (I'm not) probably the drought affected them too. I miss them all!!!


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