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Re: butterfly bush

Do monachs use any of the other asclepias?   Exactly which one it "swamp 


Donna wrote:

>Monarchs are host dependent on Swamp Milkweed.... They may flutter about
>other plants, but they have to consume a lot of milkweed leaves while in the
>caterpillar stage. Do you have a lot of swamp milkweed? Did you see
>caterpillar with bright stripes? If not, guessing they are a different but
>similar butterfly.
>>Hi folks...how are ya?
>>Hey I planted a Buddleaiaosn something or other.  Sorry but it's like
>>budleai...hmmm, well anyway common name butterfly bush.  It's about 10'
>>now and 4' across.  It has hundreds of beautiful purple spikes of flowers.
>>I frankly forgot that it was called the butterfly bush until my lovely
>>Linda called me at one of the markets and told me that this bush is being
>>completely invaded by Monarch butterflies.  When I got home she was right
>>there must be a hundred or so of the little guys all swarming all over
>>plant.  Love it!  However, I was talking to an MG today about Hibs and I
>>mentioned the butterflies and she seems to think they are Pink Ladies and
>>not Monarchs.  I had noticed that these seem smaller than Monarchs but the
>>coloring is awfully close.  Apparently Pink Ladies appear before Monarchs?
>>In either case they're neat!
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