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Re: Strange fall weather
  • Subject: Re: Strange fall weather
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:08:16 -0400 (EDT)

I had a few Monarchs this summer, but not many.  I maintain a stand of
milkweed, because it is supposedly the necessary food for the larva. 
(That's the excuse I give people who scold me for keeping that "weed"
growing beside my drive, but the truth of the matter is that I love the
plant - think its blooms are beautiful, and its aroma when in bloom is
as good to me as roses.)  There is a Joe Pye Weed - yes, I grow lots
of "weeds" - outside my diningroom window, and I would see Monarchs
on that when it bloomed. What I found puzzling was that I found numerous
large colorful caterpillars of the sort I had always assumed were the larva
of Monarchs eating my rue (Ruta graveolens) plants.  None were on the
milkweed which was near the rue.  What was going on here?
In a message dated 10/26/2011 7:35:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
TeichFauna@aol.com writes:

We've had strange weather all year, so will avoid that subject for  
now........verdict is still out for what fall might look like, since we've 
had fall like weather for a week....and the speculation on winter is across 
the  spectrum as well.  One thing everyone seems to agree with, 
is that it should be a dry winter, and the upcoming summer as bad or worse 
than  we had.  I can't even imagine...so not thinking about weather!

I realize the discussion is on birds.....didn't notice much change in that  
area, had lots of hummingbirds, however butterflies was a different story.  
One thing I noticed different this year (other than extreme drought and  
prolongued heat) was that there were absolutely no Monarchs around all  
summer.  Usually we have tons, more than anything else.  Also my  Pipevines 
(Aristolochia) were not touched this year either.  With the  weather 
cooler, I have just now noticed that the Monarchs are coming  back.  Some 
say it 
is due to cooler weather up north and/or time of year,  that they are 
migrating south.     Usually Monarchs can take  the heat, so to 
speak....and have 
been around....true enough though, we are used  to having a week or two of 
100's degrees, not months!

Anyone else notice more or less Monarchs this year???


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