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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Jan 7, 2020 4:10 PM CST
New thread for 202, y'all switch over!
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Jan 7, 2020 4:19 PM CST
Hi Lynda, thank you for the new thread. Smiling Hurray!
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 7, 2020 4:38 PM CST
Welcome! Noticed another one to start, I have to go cook dinner, I will try to get to it tomorrow.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Jan 7, 2020 4:40 PM CST
Postig a new pic to start the year.
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A wooly bear I found in November.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Jan 8, 2020 1:18 PM CST
Monarch back and flying around again. This past year I believe we had 25 monarch cats.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 8, 2020 1:42 PM CST
I definitely have to concentrate on planting more milkweed this year! I have spent a lot of time expanding my black swallowtail plants; this is the year for the Monarchs. We are (or used to be) in a major flight path for Monarchs, I used to see thousands every day in mid to late fall. Now, hardly any at all. I find it hard to believe that the population has been reduced that much, and I find conflicting numbers when I do research on population numbers. There is sound scientific evidence that many songbirds have changed their migratory flight patterns, maybe this is happening here with the Monarchs. I will need to do more digging on this issue to see if this is true. I will still plant more milkweeds.🦋
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Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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Jan 10, 2020 6:53 PM CST
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Monarchs always come to the Asclepia curassavica
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 11, 2020 1:24 AM CST
Beautiful! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby I'm ready for summer! 😁
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Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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ceci
Jan 11, 2020 6:07 AM CST
I forgot to add that it is a Danaus erippus, the southern monarch,
I don't know exactly what is the difference with the monarch you have in the Northern hemisphere. I only know it is not the same
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Jan 13, 2020 8:56 AM CST
Thank You! for the new thread
Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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Jan 14, 2020 8:22 AM CST

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Our "espejitos" (agraulis vanillae) in the garden

Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Jan 14, 2020 8:35 AM CST
Very nice Ceci, I actually saw a Cloudless sulphur butterfly yesterday, we've had temps up in the mid 80's this past week, way above our normal.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 14, 2020 10:19 AM CST
Our temps have been warm, then cold, then warm again. If it stays warm for two or more weeks, I hope to see some butterflies or bees.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 14, 2020 12:13 PM CST
It's not warm here...and it rained, but didn't snow as predicted. It may later, though.
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Name: Eric
Hawthorne, fl (Zone 9a)
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Miamiu
Jan 14, 2020 1:13 PM CST
Today we have the monarch hanging around again. Also some sulpurs. How cold temps can a monarch handle? Even after it was 32 outside they came back the next day.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 14, 2020 4:02 PM CST
I have wondered that myself.We will have the sulphurs come out first here, very often on warm days in February.
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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
Jan 14, 2020 7:35 PM CST
Butterflies tend to stay here as long as daytime temps are warm enough to fly. Usually around 50 - 70F , depending on their size.
Smaller butterfles are usually the last to leave when the temps start dropping. On cooler nights they tend to shelter in things like bushes, trees and clumps or piles of grass and leaves.
A pint can't hold a quart , If it is holding a pint it is doing the best that it can.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jan 15, 2020 2:17 AM CST
Thanks, Kurt, for the info. Always wondered about that! Thumbs up
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Rochester, MN (Zone 4b)
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zxcvbob
Jan 15, 2020 12:04 PM CST
The monarchs won't arrive up here until just after May 15 (and even then you won't see them, but we can start finding eggs.) I'm always amazed when I see a butterfly here in February; whenever we have an unseasonably warm day and it gets into the 40's for a few hours you can sometimes see them flying about but no idea what they are looking for because nothing is blooming. I think they are Skippers.

I will be refrigerating some milkweed seeds soon to get them ready for planting indoors in March.
Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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Jan 15, 2020 5:23 PM CST
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It is a small butterfly but you often can find it in the garden. Mariposa "Bataraza" (Ortilia ithra)

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