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Re: fennel, dill, parsley, and butterflies, etc

I suppose it is possible that it is just one of those cyclical events and next summer it will be back to normal. I have a pipevine that I planted two years ago - it is still very young (no blooms). No sign of pipevine swallow tail larvae either. Do have an amusing insect close encounter, though. I was in the vegetable garden looking for harvestable green beans. Found a few, moved down the row, saw another, reached for it...it was a preying mantis! We were both pretty surprised.
On Friday, August 8, 2003, at 06:50 AM, Gene Bush wrote:

Hello Cathy,
Don't know what is going on there or here with the butterflies. There
simply has not been the numbers of last year or the years before. Seems to
be true for all the species we see around here. The plants we normally see
stripped of all foliage have hardly been touched this year. When we do see
evidence it much less and later than last season.
We are seeing babies now. Out walking last evening there was a pipe vine
swallow tail in the drive way. One... but we saw numerous caterpillars
eating on the pipevines here earlier. Evil looking things..... no answers
here... just comments...
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
Speaking of attracting butterflies, I have noted fewer than usual in my
gardens, and even less larvae, despite my usual plethora of host
plants. Any ideas on what gives?
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