What’s your butterfly count?

Yes, I really want to know how many butterflies you’ve seen this summer.

My count so far:

13 Monarchs

5 Yellow Swallowtails

3 Black Swallowtails

4 Viceroys

Uncountable number of teeny tiny white butterflies swarming lavender flowers.

This count is not impressive. When I was a kid I saw so many Monarch butterflies that I took them for granted. Even on the South Side of Chicago they frequented gardens, vacant lots filled with wild Queen’s Anne Lace, Milkweed, and Black-eyed Susans. Where I live now sighting a Monarch, a Swallowtail or any other is a day maker for me.

What’s flying, or not, in your outside spaces? Are you seeing bees, butterflies and hummingbirds?

The ‘rain-drop’ effect. Yes, you too can grow Milkweed. And so can your neighbors and friends.

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This afternoon I sighted Yellow Swallowtail number 5 catching a meal on the dwarf orange Zinnas which are still blooming madly in this ‘autumn’ heat. As I watched #5 move from flower to flower I wondered if this summer might be the last summer I see any Swallowtails and Monarchs–or any butterflies for that matter. A friend has only seen three Monarchs in her garden this years.

Calvin takes butterfly plant choices beyond the planting of Milkweed. Depending on the growing conditions where you live, consider your plant choices for gardens. Or if you’ve never planted anything how to start by planning a garden in order to provide what butterflies need to survive.

Take note: I’ve seen NO large bumble-bees like those that visited my  flowers last summer. Nope, not a single one. Have you seen them?

A glimpse of the bigger picture involving butterflies, bees and homo sapiens.

 

 

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