Date: 7/27/17 2:18 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] monarch butterflies
I too have seen more monarchs this year than the last several, including 7
on plum island yesterday. then today i found THIRTEEN caterpillars on our
common milkweed plants (A. syriaca), all tiny. i had given up even looking
for them until this year. how great it is to see them possibly bouncing
back, despite such a small sample. we'll be monitoring them for sure.

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Mussey" <mussey.robert...>
To: <massbird...>
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:38 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] monarch butterflies

> For the first time in years, we've had a good number of monarch
> butterflies
> this year, perhaps 8-10 so far. They are attracted to the native milkweed
> species we've planted, especially swamp milkweed (*Asclepias incarnata*)
> which is blooming right now, and orange butterflyweed (*Asclepias
> tuberosa*)
> which is just finishing blooming. They won't come near the common
> milkweed (*Asclepias
> syriaca*) we have let go wild here, and which I had always associated with
> monarchs, perhaps wrongly.
> Both *tuberosa* (dry sandy, well-drained soils) and *incarnata* (damp
> spots, or water regularly) are fairly easy to establish and will self seed
> to some extent, which has allowed us to increase the size of our milkweed
> patches.
> So, a perhaps little hope here on one front of an otherwise depressing
> decline.
> Robert Mussey
> near the Blue Hills, Milton

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