Home

Bees and butterflies usually take over the yard this time of year when the purple and yellow asters are in full bloom. The bees are here in full force, but I have only seen two or three monarchs and one swallowtail the entire flowering season.

Swallowtail feeding on Butterfly Bush

Swallowtail feeding on Butterfly Bush

I noticed a ‘growth’ of some sort on the under leaf of a milkweed and was very excited thinking it might be a chrysalis, but unfortunately not.  Apparently, the noticeable decline this year in my yard, is alarmingly typical everywhere else too.

Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed

A few years ago, I made an effort to plant milkweeds specifically for the Monarchs, and have since seen milkweeds everywhere it seems, so I’m surprised to hear there are still too few to attract the species according to entomologists. The real culprit may be the horrendous clear cutting taking place in Mexico, which is destroying the very trees they migrate to for wintering over. I can’t believe I’m witnessing such a decline. I hate to think that each of my garden companions could disappear one by one.

Two Monarchs at Butterfly Bush

Two Monarchs at Butterfly Bush

Here’s an interesting article about locating and harboring Monarch eggs: http://texasbutterflyranch.com/2011/07/31/butterfly-faq-is-relocating-a-monarch-chrysalis-ok-yes-and-heres-tips-on-how-to-handle-them-with-care/

 

A Monarch feeding

A Monarch feeding

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s