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Re: Aloha Even

Have not seen (or smelled) skunks in my yard (amazing, since we have  
every other variety of local wildlife), but have smelled those  
unfortunate enough to have encountered cars on our road into town, so  
I know they live here.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Nov 13, 2005, at 10:06 AM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:

> Yellow jackets are the reason I encourage the skunk community.   
> Skunks eat them.  I, too, have lots of bees.  Never realized there  
> were so many varieties until I moved here.  Nobody has been stung  
> yet in my yard, and I've attributed that to the fact the bees are  
> always so busy gathering pollen.  I've had to "massage" a few  
> bumble bees awake this fall.  Poor little things have gotten cold  
> and very lethargic while working on the Mexican salvia. :-) I have  
> become a real lover of insects and am loathe to use any  
> insecticides anymore.  Actually, there's been no need to in years.
> zem
> zone  7
> West TN
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <gary.carpenter@insightbb.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 7:12 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Aloha Even
>> I have 4 pawpaw, but all are seedling size. Also spicebush (Lindera
>> benzoin) in a shady area. It is host plant to the appropriately named
>> spicebush swallowtail butterfly, but I haven't seen any yet. Am also
>> a native plant lover. Bees and I have a live and let live
>> arrangement. Never been stung, and I work around them all the time.
>> Different story with yellow jackets - those critters are downright
>> aggressive and vicious.
>> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>> On Nov 12, 2005, at 12:28 PM, Karen Fernsler wrote:
>>> Thanks!
>>> Yep!  I have a smallish patch of dill and fennel on the side
>>> of the house.  Strangely did not prevent caterpillars from
>>> finding and helping themselves to my carrots!
>>> Well, it's not their fault.  I'll have to try to put up signs
>>> to redirect the parents to the dill/fennel patch.  It shouldn't
>>> be hard to find, it's next to the butterfly weed.
>>> We always know when they're around because the yard smells like
>>> an herbal smorgasbord as they munch away.
>>> The swallowtails appear to like Rue (Ruta graveolens) as well.
>>> The plant was here when we first moved in 10 years ago, which was
>>> when I first noticed the little caterpillar guys.  They're helping
>>> me keep it under control, I figure :) .
>>> No insecticides here.  I've been known to dump those green Asian
>>> beetles into a cup of soapy water from time to time, but that's
>>> about it.
>>> Paw paw is supposed to be a host plant for zebra swallowtails.
>>> I'd like to try to grow some of that someday when I have the
>>> room.  I'm a big fan of native plants, I have to add more to the
>>> list.  I have some monarda, but methinks it needs to be further
>>> than 12 feet from the house.
>>> Bees tend to make some folk nervous.
>>> I have been known to knit and crochet, but I'm lousy at sewing,
>>> needlepoint and embroidery :(.
>>> -s
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