Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Monarch and Swallowtail Butterflies

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Name: Ironside
(Zone 6a)
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ironside
Sep 5, 2016 6:42 PM CST
My yard has been very busy every day with Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies.
Here are a few pictures of them.
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Sep 6, 2016 1:27 AM CST
Welcome! Gorgeous shots Ironside! They sure do love your Tithonia. Hurray!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Sep 6, 2016 8:29 PM CST
Yes, Welcome Ironside! Tithonia is so lovely with the Monarchs. Where abouts are you located?
Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Sep 7, 2016 12:28 PM CST
Welcome!
What gorgeous butterflies - and great photos!!!!!
GrammaChar
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 7, 2016 4:45 PM CST
Some really nice pictures Ironside! I sure have been enjoying the Monarch's this week here. They must have all emerged recently. I have a large field that that has many milk weeds. I never mow that part of the pasture until long after they are gone for the fall, and all of the seed have been blown away for next year. There were several of them that one could see were just learning to fly as they were a bit clumsy. Now that the swallows have left for the season, they give me something to enjoy for a while. Smiling
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Sep 8, 2016 5:36 PM CST
I thought I had seen the last of the monarchs in my yard...than saw this one!
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Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Sep 8, 2016 9:55 PM CST
On today's hike through the Wrede Marsh, I saw lots of Swamp Milkweed. Was hoping to see a Monarch, but no such luck.


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Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Sep 9, 2016 11:54 AM CST
Gramma Char, you all must have some special Texas Swamp MW! Still in gorgeous bloom! Is it unusual to be blooming so late there? Ours here has all set seed and pods are dry.

Found four large Monarch cats when I went to cuts stems to feed the hungry babies. Brought them in on the last of the viable stems and plunked them stems and all into a vase with some Tropical MW stems I had also gathered. LOL. by the time I got up to the house, all of those four had made a beeline for the Tropical and were happily munching away! Guess that answers questions of preference!
Name: jan gridley
Virginia (Zone 7b)
swjanet48
Sep 24, 2016 6:28 AM CST
I am in central Va. and my monarch chrysallis are about to emerge. Does anyone have tithonia seeds and swamp milkweed seeds or any asclepias seeds?
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Sep 24, 2016 6:34 AM CST
swjanet48 said:I am in central Va. and my monarch chrysallis are about to emerge. Does anyone have tithonia seeds and swamp milkweed seeds or any asclepias seeds?


Hi Janet,
Yes, I have all of these. Just send me a treemail with your info, ok?
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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