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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 11, 2015 1:38 PM CST
Hi guys! I know sometimes I run across an interesting article and I want to post it where everyone can see it, but sometimes I feel weird making a new thread just for that. And some of us don't venture outside our threads and into the forum as a whole as often as we should so we miss things. So I thought I'd start a thread dedicated to news items we see that we want to share with the rest of the forum.

I'll start it off with this one I read about possible extinction of butterflies in the UK. @glengarry23 posted two of the butterflies for us earlier in the April thread - the Green Veined White and the Speckled Wood. Even the Cabbage White is at risk, if you can believe that!

You can read the whole article and look at the pictures here: http://www.bbc.com/news/scienc...
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Aug 11, 2015 1:59 PM CST
I enjoy the possibility of helping the Butterflies . But , not a chance of me going into Global Warming , I get that currently it exists , effects are bad ,, and ways to accept concern dealing with this are necessary . Blinking
Two here are , pesticides , and plant , plant , plant , plant any free space allowable , it is a beginning , lets see to it , that it shall not be an ending ,!!! Thumbs up
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Aug 12, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Hey !!! Where did everybody go??? Some of you have to be concerned that the planet and critters are going to end up looking like the Arabian peninsula Blinking
I remember when the The Wood Swallowtail went extinct , Actually , I believe it was The Giant Eyed Wood Swallowtail , 1968 , ex , anyone ??? Sighing! Thank You!
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 12, 2015 9:00 PM CST
Jim, you can see the number of views at the top of the page and it looks like plenty of people are reading it. Maybe they just don't have much to say right now. I kind of envisioned this as a place to post the news, and if people want to discuss they can, or they can post another article, etc.

I think we're all concerned about losing species. Here in Florida we have a lot of endangered species. Two butterflies were added to the list this year - the Florida Leafwing and Bartram's Hairstreak. Our biggest problem is developers. So we won't look like the desert; we'll look like Atlanta. And maybe Atlantis if the ocean levels increase. Tampa is a really sprawled-out region and the rest of Florida isn't much better. I've posted some articles about the fight to protect some rare pine rocklands habitat (where the Bartram's Hairstreak lives) down in Miami in the past and if I see anything new, I'll post it. Of course, we also have plenty of birds that nest here on our beaches. We have lots of really great volunteers who come out and watch the nests and educate beachgoers about the birds and why it's important not to disturb them. They do the same thing with sea turtle nests.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Aug 13, 2015 9:52 AM CST
I don't really have anything relevant to add truthfully , however thinking that it takes at lest 2 to 3 million people to preserve a few lots of ground , and that Nuclear weapons and poison Says that nothing is Globally secure ,
when you add add things like Red algae and possible Moon Roll distortion from space
The Nature of Things .
It is difficult (or getting that way ) to preserve anything . Nice Folks are watching and giving a few minutes on weekend or at times to try to do what (we) they can Thumbs up
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 16, 2015 4:12 PM CST
As some of you know, I'm a bit younger than the average user on here. I graduated high school in 1997 and grew up when the Red Hot Chili Peppers had their biggest hits. Imagine my surprise at reading that their bassist, Flea, has become a full-fledged beekeeper! How cool is that? Hopefully, he can use his celebrity to bring more awareness to the plight of bees.

http://www.rollingstone.com/mu...
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 18, 2015 3:28 PM CST
How the evolutionary arms race between caterpillars and their host plants gave us condiments. This is one of the coolest caterpillar articles I've read!

http://www.npr.org/sections/th...
Name: Jessie Worsham
Stockbridge, GA (Zone 8a)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
Daylilies Hostas Heucheras Cat Lover Echinacea Hybridizer
Irises Region: Georgia
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Jessie6162
Aug 19, 2015 9:20 AM CST
Love the article about condiments! That is just too cool. Thumbs up
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 19, 2015 3:34 PM CST
We had cabbage with our corned beef last night and I thanked the caterpillars for evolving it into something my tastebuds enjoy. Thumbs up
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 19, 2015 5:06 PM CST
Want to know when the peak Monarch migration is for your latitude? Check out Monarch Watch's handy-dandy guide! http://www.monarchwatch.org/ta...
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 20, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Some good news about our bee friends. It seems a population of bees studied in Ithaca, NY has developed a resistance to disease after being exposed to the Varroa Mite. Check out all the news here: http://entomologytoday.org/201...
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 23, 2015 6:35 AM CST
The Tampa Bay Times printed an excerpt of this article today and I wanted to read the whole thing. For you hummingbird lovers, this has some great information. It covers the importance of the hummingbird to the Aztec culture, male aggressive behaviors, and that pesky nectar addiction. Check it out! http://www.slate.com/blogs/wil...
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 23, 2015 7:03 AM CST
$20 Million to help Monarchs! Hurray! http://www.benchmarkreporter.c...
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Aug 23, 2015 10:36 AM CST
A very good thread, Melanie! Thumbs up Thumbs up
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 23, 2015 10:39 AM CST
Thanks, Becky. Some of us are guilty (me included) of not going into the main forum very often so if someone posts an article or news item, I find it doesn't get a lot of attention. I thought if we put them all in one place, people could just watch one thread and keep up with any news that comes up regarding our bees, butterflies, and birds.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Aug 23, 2015 10:40 AM CST
I agree .... I would miss them otherwise. Now that I have posted here, this thread is watched. Big Grin
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Hummingbirder Lilies Region: Indiana Dog Lover Echinacea
Butterflies Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Claudia
Aug 23, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Now am watching!
Let the mountain speak, let the rivers run
As the world awakes to the rising sun
In each brand new day, in our own rebirth
In this healing time on our Mother Earth ~ John Denver~Healing Time On Earth
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
Seed Starter Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Frogs and Toads Garden Procrastinator Cottage Gardener Birds
Annuals Hummingbirder Region: Indiana Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies
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jimard8
Aug 23, 2015 11:08 AM CST
I like the Wildlife article ( U.S. Fish and Wildlife) Love the Butterflies Lovey dubby , Thing is ,Carrying that much green would give me butterflies ,, Whistling
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Aug 31, 2015 9:06 AM CST
Some Monarch news: https://news.vice.com/article/...
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Aug 31, 2015 10:26 AM CST
Very sad. :-(
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso

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