Well...this isn't really a "wildlife" question...

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Well...this isn't really a "wildlife" question...
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Mon, 07-14-2014 - 3:09pm

but....where are the butterflies?  I know that I've seen some random notes in the newspaper with people noting that they haven't seen many butterflies this year.  I have two large butterfly bushes...and I haven't seen one!!  Scary...and sad....I love watching butterflies flit around the yard...

Laura
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Registered: 04-08-2008

Now that you mention it, I haven't seen many around here by me. But then, my poor butterfly bush doesn't look like it's going to bloom at all this year. I think our extra harsh and long winter did it in. :(


demecafe

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Registered: 11-21-2001

Oh...I'm so sorry about the bush.  We used to have three, but one died a couple of years ago.  I actually want to plant a couple of others because the ones we have are over on the side of the house where I can't easily see them...and I love watching the butterflies.  But even without butterfly bushes there should be "some" butterflies.  It's really sad....

Laura
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Registered: 01-03-2001

I can't say about butterflies in general but Monarchs are in trouble https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/27-8, partly due to habitat loss, and possibly due to climate change. Monarchs are getting the most attention but this blogger contacted experts in North Carolina and they had this to say bout butterflies in general http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/07/where-are-all-the-butterflies/ --- possibly due to a cold and wet winter (that's in NC --- can't say if this applies to the rest of the country but it makes sense). Britain is noticing a massive decline as well, in  total numbers and in numbers of species http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/apr/27/butterfly-decline-conservation-endangered-species, also attributed to habitat loss as well as an unusally wet summer and possibly climate change.

Only solution I have found is to plant more butterfly-freindly plants, like milkweeds and the like, avoid pesticides, provide a butterfly "watering station" and hope we are i time to save them: http://butterflywebsite.com/butterflygardening.cfm

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Registered: 01-03-2001

For some reason, my post keeps getting truncated. Sorry. 

Only solution I have seen offered is to plant more butterfly-friendly plants, avoid the use of pesticides and provide butterfly "watering stations". I found a site with butterfly-friendlly plants http://butterflywebsite.com/butterflygardening.cfm

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Registered: 11-21-2001

You're right Carol...dire indeed.  Honeybee die off and now butterflies.....  North Carolina is close enough to Virginia for us to have the same issues.  Even with someone like me, who is not really an outdoor person....when I begin to notice a decline in a particular type of insect it really "must" be noticeable.

On another note, this morning when I was putting Cleo out I noticed someone on the garage floor...I thought it was a large leaf.  As I got closer I noticed it was a frog!!  Better in the garage than the snake I had in my bedroom a couple of months ago....LOL....  I was able to sweep him outside without Cleo freaking out and trying to grab him....

Laura