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Re: Strange fall weather
  • Subject: Re: Strange fall weather
  • From: James Singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:53:44 -0700

Just saw two large flocks of ducks winging south-southeast. But still no

"I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." -- Ray Bradbury

On Oct 26, 2011, at 9:31 AM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI

> Sadly we don't get Monarchs in the desert. I have seen one in almost 30
> years of living here. We do get Painted Ladies in great profusion,
> although I don't remember a lot of them this year. I saw my quota of two
> Swallowtails earlier in the summer.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:08 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Strange fall weather
> 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?
> Auralie
> 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
> only
> 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,
> unfortunately,
> 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
> getting
> 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???
> Noreen
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