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Re: Butterfly population


We can't grow lupines here so I doubt the Karner Blue is one of our species.
I'm not saying I don't ever have butterflies. And I do grow all of the
plants that they love for my area. I was just wondering if people in other
regions have experienced this as ell. Folks around here talk about it, and
have noticed that they seem to come out in late summer, early autumn here.
Maybe they are all up north and out west!

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2004 9:22 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Butterfly population


> Butterflies are a species that needs certain plants and without them
> they will not live to maturity.
>
> If the plants in your area are either early or late rather than normal
> growth times, the butterflies will also be.
>
> Many are also host plant dominate. Monarch have to have some type of
> butterfly weed.. they need the leaves while in the caterpillar stage and
> the nectar when butterflies. I will not have any this year since none of
> my leaves are damaged. Not sure what happened last fall, but obviously
> something.
>
> The Karner blue has to have a lupine plant. Three years ago (?) this
> butterfly was down to 500. We started growing 5,000 lupines each year
> and reintroducing them also the Indiana Dunes area as part of
> restoration project along with the nature conservancy. Happy to report
> that we now have thousands of the karners!. At one point they caught 50
> of them and set up a tent inside the nature center ( with the correct
> permit to do this!)Increased the population with no natural predators
> there and then released them back into the wild... just gave old ma
> nature a helping hand.
>
> Donna
>
> > it has been my observance over the past few years that here in coastal
> SC
> > the
> > mass of the butterfly population does not show up until late summer,
> into
> > early fall. To date, I think I've observed maybe 5 butterflies in my
> > garden.
> > By September, my yard is swamped.
> >
> > So I'm wondering what you guys have observed across the country. Jim,
> do
> > you
> > get them sooner than me since you're warmer? Just curious, I'm
> interested
> > to
> > know if others have huge amounts already.
> > A
> >
> > Andrea H
> > Beaufort, SC
>
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