General Discussion:

Where are the butterflies?


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Sue29-Jul-02 07:56 PM EST 6a   
Susan29-Jul-02 09:36 PM EST 6a   
Sue30-Jul-02 11:01 AM EST 6a   
DAVE31-Jul-02 08:44 AM EST   
Sue31-Jul-02 10:28 PM EST 6a   
Brian03-Aug-02 02:44 PM EST   
Linda03-Aug-02 09:38 PM EST   
Sue03-Aug-02 10:10 PM EST 6a   
Northern Gardener07-Aug-02 04:40 AM EST 3   
DAVE09-Aug-02 07:23 PM EST   
Sue10-Aug-02 04:51 AM EST 6a   
Ed13-Aug-02 08:23 PM EST 5b   
Sue23-Aug-02 11:28 PM EST 6a   
Ann24-Aug-02 07:44 PM EST 4b   
Karen25-Aug-02 09:34 AM EST 5a   
25-Aug-02 03:42 PM EST   
DAVE25-Aug-02 07:58 PM EST   
Dan25-Aug-02 08:06 PM EST   
Sue25-Aug-02 10:18 PM EST 6a   


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Jul-02 07:56 PM EST

Has anyone seen any butterflies? Put in a butterfly garden this year and not one has shown up. Last year when the purple coneflowers where blooming, they were everywhere. It's that time again and nothing? I live in Toronto - far east formerly Scarborough - near the lake. Anybody seen any butterflies?


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Jul-02 09:36 PM EST

I live in Oakville. I've seen a few - it's early yet - there should be more of them in the next few weeks. My butterfly bushes are just starting to bloom and the butterflies usually show up a week or two later - I assume you mean Monarchs? There are a few other types around now but most things are still making the transition to butterfly state I think...


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 30-Jul-02 11:01 AM EST

Thanks Susan. Looking forward to seeing the darlings on the butterfly bushes any day.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 31-Jul-02 08:44 AM EST

We've had lots of Monarchs so far this year (Burlington). Especially in the last two weeks, our two butterfly bushes and phlox have been attracting them. My next door neighbour has a few Milkweed plants that found their way into our garden last year. They have a great perfume so we left them to early fall before ripping them out. This year, the one plant has grown to about 10 Milkweed plants. They attract lots of Monarchs and hopefully they won't spread too much. I've decided to leave the milkweed in the garden this year as the Monarchs are laying their eggs on them and I don't want to disturb their life cycle.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 31-Jul-02 10:28 PM EST

One of the gals on "Calling All Gardeners" tonight on HGTV said that it appears to her that there are much fewer butterflies this year than last year. Still waiting patiently!


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Brian
Zone:
Date: 03-Aug-02 02:44 PM EST

Last winter there was a massive killing of Monarchs in Mexico due to severe Cold.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 03-Aug-02 09:38 PM EST

There are hords of butterflies in my garden in Alberta


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 03-Aug-02 10:10 PM EST

Still have no butterflies in east side of Toronto - everything is in full bloom - ready for them. I was sorry to hear about the cold killing many of them - I thought it was rather out of the ordinary that they were not here yet. Keeping my fingers crossed and their plants in good shape just in case they decide to turn up. Alberta - you seem to have them so maybe they will be on their way south soon. Thanks for tracking them.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Northern Gardener (northerngardener3@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 3
Date: 07-Aug-02 04:40 AM EST

Here in Edmonton, we had LOTS of them in late May, June & July, including Monarchs, during our drought. Now the temperatures have dropped dramaticly (near freezing overnight), the much needed rains have come, & the butterflies & dragonflies have disappeared....now mildew has arrived. *sigh*


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 09-Aug-02 07:23 PM EST

I've been watching for over a week and we seem to have at least two-three monarchs in our garden every day. We also have tons of the little white ones. I think we have more Monarch's than in past years.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-Aug-02 04:51 AM EST

Have seen one black butterfly with the blue on the end of it's wings and maybe two monarchs and lots of little white ones(cabbage butterflies I call them). I don't think they are a true butterfly. Last year we had tons of butterflies but still hoping for this year. The buddleia plants, coneflowers, butterfly plant, etc...are in full bloom and just waiting patiently for action. Does anyone put out anything else like water or fruit (orange) in trays? Does this help to attract them?


Subject: Earwigs
From: Ed
Zone: 5b
Date: 13-Aug-02 08:23 PM EST

By no means new to E. Ont. gardeners, this is the first year we are finding them inside the house, eg bathroom. Any similar experiences out there ???


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-Aug-02 11:28 PM EST

Hi Ed: No - no major problems with earwigs in T. O. that I have noticed. Many neighbours lost their shasta daisies to them - but that is normal around here. Haven't seen any in the house. They are soooo creeeepy!!!!!! Happy Gardening....Sue


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 24-Aug-02 07:44 PM EST

We have seen very few Monarchs this summer, I plant Tithonia especially for them as they love it but it didn't lure them this year !! As for earwigs, my brother who lives in Cobourg, (E. of Toronto) has millions of the creatures ! One night they covered his front door...yuck, they get into every room of their house. So I guess a few in the garden is nothing to worry about.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Karen
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Aug-02 09:34 AM EST

Very few to be seen this year. A lovely yellow Swallowtail visited in July when the first lilies bloom. Last year we had a plethora of Painted Ladies and Admirals, but not even one this year. Odd... Maybe next year will be better.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
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Zone:
Date: 25-Aug-02 03:42 PM EST

I'm in Brantford. I've only seen a couple butterflies. Ear wigs haven't been a big problem this year, though there are a few around. I have small black ants just thick though. I don't know why, but when I've gone outside in the evenings, the wood along my flower beds are like a black carpet of ants...I'd prefer butterflies...lol


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: DAVE
Zone:
Date: 25-Aug-02 07:58 PM EST

Ever since this thread started, I've been surprised how many Monarchs we've had this year. I noticed at least seven monarchs in our garden this morning and I don't remember ever seeing more than three at a time in past years. As to earwigs they seemed to be everywhere early in the year but now seem to have dried up with our hot, dry weather.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Dan
Zone:
Date: 25-Aug-02 08:06 PM EST

Hi sue, I live in Trenton, Ontario. We have just had butterflies starting to show up about a week ago- seemed to coincide with the end of the heat spell. Lots of Monarchs and Admirals. We keep small flat bits of garden decor, like a cast iron lily pad or flat sun dial, laying about. The uneven surfaces are just right for holding water and providing dry spots for the lovely ladies (maybe in a few gents) to land. You do have to maintain the fresh water though. Re earwigs- the miserable blighters have been everywhere.


Subject: RE: Where are the butterflies?
From: Sue (makeuplady@rogers.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 25-Aug-02 10:18 PM EST

Hi Dan: The butterflies are coming - but not in great numbers like last year. Saw three Monarchs today - hope it wasn't the same one three times. The garden is ready and I will take your suggestion of a plate of water. Will get something out there tomorrow. The poor little things must have had a terrible time in the Spring to be in such few numbers. Thanks everyone for your input - let's keep tracking them. Happy Gardening...Sue


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