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Old 08-20-2018, 07:58 AM   #30
Gloria
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We have been seeing more monarchs than usual in our garden this summer. Butterflies and moths in general have higher numbers per species but I think number of species is down unless I am missing some. It was very rainy early in summer but now our corridor has been very dry for over a month. Not a real drought but enough to crack soil and change insect populations. Since the liatris cylindracea/cylindrical blazing star began blooming there have been multiple sightings daily with two or three each time. Sometimes one will land near another and be chased off as another slips in to sip at the nectar. Very exciting.


First picture is of a rather battered older Monarch. Some have fresh and brand new like they just emerged and were drying wings. We have seen many cats but I seldom interfere. The garden has been a successful way station this year.
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