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Re: butterfly bush


The larvae also eat the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jun 12, 2005, at 9:58 PM, 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.
>
> Donna
>
>
>
>> 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'
>> high
>> 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
>> wife
>> 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
>> this
>> 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!
>>
>> David
>> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
>>
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