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RE: Ia St Fair

That's my recollection as well, Donna.  Bronze fennel is for swallowtails.
I'll have to look up asters to see what feeds on that.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 6:35 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Ia St Fair

I believe they are dependant on milkweed. Haven't seen any signs of them
this year here which is strange.


> Kitty: Yes, I realized after I sent the message that I had two pics.
> my little monarch catepillar in there. It is the only one I've found
> my garden so far and I had to move it from it's original location to a
> more guarded place where the kids wouldn't accidentally trample it.
> Since then, I've seen a couple more monarch butterflies in my yard
> so I'm hoping more catepillars won't be far behind. Unlike past years
> when we would have been seeing dozens of them by now, I'm lucky if on
> good day I see two or three. I fear this species is having a really
> difficult time recovering from that large kill a few years back. I'm
> trying to let as much milkweed as possible grow in the gardens but the
> stuff tends to get real messy as the summer progresses and they get so
> tall they fall all over the place...but I'm trying. Didn't I see
> on this list once posted other plants necessary for monarch
> Bronze fennel and asters seem to ring a bell, neither of which I
> currently have.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein

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