Northern Gardening forum: Where, oh where, are the butterflies??

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 3, 2013 7:39 PM CST
NO monarchs, not even any cabbage butterflies, for heaven's sake! So rare to see any butterflies this year, here and there a mourning cloak and a swallowtail, a few painted ladies... but nothing compared to any other year I can remember. Is anyone else experiencing this??
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sassafrass
Aug 3, 2013 7:49 PM CST
none here yet either.. very odd
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 3, 2013 9:15 PM CST
We have a few of several different types here, but there are definitely more butterfly flowers right now than there are butterflies. I have the feeling that the widespread, extended droughts of the past few years have significantly reduced normal population numbers. Hopefully I'm wrong and they're just running a bit late.

Sphinx moth populations are normal here, native bees are thick and there are plenty of cabbage moths. I saw my first Luna Moth in years at the park a week or so ago. It seemed to be late-emerging as well. I thought I remembered seeing those in June in past years.
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Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Aug 4, 2013 6:03 AM CST
We don't have them either. Usually the Miss Kim lilac and the liatris are covered with them when they are blooming. I didn't see one on the lilac and there are none on the liatris either. There are a few cabbage moths but not even as many of them as usual. I haven't seen any hummingbird moths and they are usually going like crazy this time of year. Confused I hope this isn't permanent and the populations recover.:blinking:
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Aug 4, 2013 7:07 AM CST
No Monarchs here yet, either. I have seen a few Viceroys, though.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 4, 2013 7:52 AM CST
There have not been many butterflies of any kind here.
Lots of bees though.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Aug 8, 2013 9:03 AM CST
I have seen and photographed a few butterflies, not nearly as many as I would like, quite a few cabbage whites fluttering around daily.
Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 8, 2013 6:33 PM CST
I'm positive I saw a Monarch today, but it was in a hurry to get somewhere and would not settle for me to take a photograph of it!
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jmorth
Aug 8, 2013 7:02 PM CST
In 2011 I recorded sightings of Butterflies (to mid August) was 23 different kinds. In 2012 it was 18. This year - 4 (Red Admiral, Cabbage White, Hairstreak, and American Snout).
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Name: Jeff
Perry Iowa (Zone 5a)
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PerryJeff
Sep 6, 2013 8:49 AM CST
I just started seeing Monarchs in Central Iowa last Sunday Monday Laborday .
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mcash70
Sep 6, 2013 9:25 AM CST
Welcome! To ATP Jeff!
Name: Jeff
Perry Iowa (Zone 5a)
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PerryJeff
Sep 6, 2013 9:53 AM CST
Thanks Mcash... Smiling
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Sep 6, 2013 11:46 AM CST
Welcome! to ATP, Jeff.

I saw a really pretty medium-sized chartreuse butterfly this morning. I haven't looked it up to see what kind it was, but it was very near the identical color of the leaf it was perched on. Lovey dubby
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Sep 17, 2013 7:15 AM CST
Welcome! Jeff!!!

I saw one Monarch last weekend... Confused No idea where they are.... still waiting!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Sep 17, 2013 9:35 AM CST
There are three Monarch chrysalis on my caladiums now! Hurray! I saw one a week or so ago, but now I see three. Big Grin

When the outside starts getting darker does that mean they're getting close? I've been checking them several times a day. *Blush* Momma hen here! ...Are ya ready yet, are ya ready yet, are ya ready yet?... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Sep 18, 2013 6:24 AM CST
I am finding those locust skeleton shells all over the place but no chrysalis yet.... keep us posted chelle!! Lovey dubby
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Sep 18, 2013 7:07 AM CST
Here's what two of them looked like yesterday...much darker.


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The third one is still bright green.
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Sep 18, 2013 8:47 AM CST
Chelle, when you start to see the orange and black colors of the Monarch butterfly's wings through the casing - it's ready to pop!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Sep 18, 2013 9:23 AM CST
Yay! I've checked them twice already today. I'm determined to actually see it happen. Whistling It's been a number of years since I last enjoyed it.
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Sep 18, 2013 12:02 PM CST
Oh how exciting -- you should take pics as it unfolds if you can!! Smiling
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
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