Thursday, August 16, 2012

Butterfly and clover

It's been a very good year for the Monarchs, plenty of heat if not a lot of water, and they seem to be thriving on it.   I wish them well. 

4 comments:

  1. Not a monarch to be seen in central NJ this year, but a lot of others, including a great invasion of Red Admirals in May, wonderful sight. And enough dusky swallowtails and tiger swallowtails to compensate for the lack of monarchs.

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  2. This is the best year we've had in about five, and for the life of me I cannot figure out where they are coming from. I have a garden full of milkweed, and yet the mystery is where they are feeding, as caterpillars, and where they have chosen to pupate.

    Just looked up the Red Admiral; what a pretty sight that is. I can see why we don't have them here, as much, we don't have their host plants.

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  3. I've seen a couple of monarchs on milkweed these last few days here in central NH, but someone told me that further north a lot of the cocoons were dried out by the heat and the butterflies aren't emerging -- she estimated as much as a 50% loss.

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  4. Im not surprised, and it's amazing that we have any at all. They seem to have switched their egg laying to a place outside the garden, possibly because the butterflies that did lost the eggs to predators. Wherever they are now, it's very successful.
    I did notice that some of them seem to be smaller, noticeably so, and wondered if they had been affected by the dry weather.

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