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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Sep 12, 2016 12:21 AM CST
Well, I was hoping that the butterflies and caterpillars were just busy elsewhere, but it's been about a month now since I've seen butterflies and even dragonflies in my yard. Typically September is an active month for them in my yard. It seems hauntingly eerie. Where are they?

I fear the mosquito spraying may have affected many insects, not just the blood suckers. Is anyone else here in Florida noticing the same thing? They have been spraying here probably more than typical because of the Zika virus. Confused Sad Sad Sad
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Sep 12, 2016 11:44 AM CST
I did run across this item recently:

Here's a pic of some gulf Frits....
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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sep 12, 2016 12:01 PM CST
I think it is the spraying..just saw one spray they are using has been outlawed in Europe or somewhere
and that one is killing the honey bees they are using near Miami for Zika
there is another one that is safer and it was mentioned being used in other parts of Florida for Zika
I live near the panhandle of Florida in Alabama not far from Destin area etc...and my having had encephalitis back in the
1960's and surviving it...I sure do not want Zika virus.

I do have lovely swallowtails and zebra this week and sulphur butterflys on the salvias and butterfly bushes in
Sheri's healing flower garden..Hummingbirds still here till maybe oct 15th..have sugar water fresh twice a week
out for them

Dragonflys not as many this year as usual in August...the solid blue ones that are so brilliant like the one I will post that goes with my name as sheridragonfly..they did not arrive this year as usual in August.

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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
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Oct 14, 2016 12:20 PM CST
Your not alone. I live in Michigan, and I've seen a decline in not only butterflies and caterpillars this year, I haven't seen a single humming bird this year. First year I haven't seen one.
A part of me is hoping I just haven't seen them, but I can't help but wonder.... Sad Crying
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Oct 14, 2016 7:45 PM CST


Still lots of butterflies north of Tampa and down here in Naples.
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