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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 1, 2012 11:31 AM CST
I've been seeing them in just very small numbers for weeks. But this past week there's much more and they're stopping by to lay eggs on the milkweeds they find. The Monarch population dropped dangerously low last year. Hopefully, they're coming back and will recover to a better population size!
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Name: Melvalena
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Melvalena
Apr 2, 2012 9:10 PM CST
Haven't seen any monarchs yet.. but several other kinds have been around my place.
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Apr 3, 2012 11:51 AM CST
I agree same here
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 3, 2012 12:03 PM CST
What is great is that these butterflies actually might have enough nectar and host plants this year in Texas! Last year was just so sad!
P. S. the itty bitty Monarch caterpillars are so cute!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Apr 3, 2012 12:18 PM CST
I haven't seen many butterflies around my house yet. I saw some Monarchs back around the first week of february along the coast. I saw quite a few Black Swallowtail in the Big Thicket a couple of weeks ago.
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 3, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Cool-looking butterfly! None of the swallowtails have come here yet except for the Pipevine Swallowtail.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Melvalena
N Texas (Zone 7b)
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Melvalena
Apr 6, 2012 4:42 PM CST
Saw some tiny monarchs yesterday...
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 6, 2012 9:35 PM CST
Tiny caterpillars? I've got some here also!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Apr 8, 2012 9:52 AM CST
Lots of Red Admirals in my yard. Saw one Monarch and lots of Sulphurs. Those Admirals sure are territorial!

Also, the grape vine that came from my neighbor's yard is full of these this year: http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showimage/12738/

Prettiest moth I've ever seen! Don't mind those like I do the cutworms and cabbageworms!
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Apr 8, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Cute little guy!
Name: Tabitha
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madrid2000
Apr 26, 2012 8:33 PM CST
My milk weed plants have been leafless for the past few months. About the time they get new leaves, I see a new batch of caterpillars. My two little passion vine plants have also been eaten to the stems here in Houston.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 26, 2012 10:07 PM CST
That's truly a problem with these Monarch caterpillars! We don't usually get wave after wave of them here. I didn't raise that many this spring, so keeping up with the amount of milkweed foliage they used up wasn't a big problem. I do remember years I had enough in fall that I had to go look for roadside milkweed to keep them fed, however. Here's one Monarch I released recently.
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 27, 2012 7:07 AM CST

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Great photo!
Name: Carey
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careyana
Apr 30, 2012 11:33 AM CST
I agree

We had one monarch wander by our yard, stopping at the Lantanas.

Sandi, it looks like I've gotten a crop of the Mason bees this year. Not sure where they're nesting, but they've been all over my veggie bed!
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 30, 2012 11:52 AM CST
I wonder if that Monarch was one of the butterflies I released! Saw one of them in my yard today. The Queen butterflies showed up today, so yay!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carey
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careyana
Apr 30, 2012 4:27 PM CST
Linda - this was a couple of weeks ago, so probably doubtful. Will definitely keep the eyes open for any more!!!! Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 30, 2012 5:08 PM CST

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I have to get some Mason bees to stay in my "bee motel!"
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 1, 2012 2:10 PM CST
I saw a couple of monarchs recently but, not like I've seen others ~ there are A-lot of butterflies around here!!!!

I just ran arcross this butterfly site that's very nice - I couldn't believe I haven't seen it before today!!:
"Blooming butterflies" in Texas ~ http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/databases/butterflies/ind...

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 1, 2012 2:10 PM CST
Not sure why my last post showed up twice so I'm editing to remove one!
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Name: Carey
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careyana
May 1, 2012 5:19 PM CST
Sandi, you need to pick up some tomatillo plants. Apparently nothing likes to munch on them (while the army and cutworms were chowing down on my peppers and tomatoes, the tomatillos are practically untouched) but the mason bees LOVE them. I don't mind, because they're also pollinating the other veggies while they're around! :D

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