Date: 9/7/19 10:42 am From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> Subject: Re: [birders] OT (monarch food) Goldenrods & Asters
I have a good amount of goldenrod (and some asters) in my backyard which
attracts quite a few butterflies and other insects. I am so glad that I am
no longer in Detroit where I was fined for having only a few goldenrod
plants in my yard.
Yesterday I saw four monarch butterflies at one time and also had two Giant
Swallowtails flitting about. The butterflies seem to prefer the flowering
Field Thistle above all else. I have one thistle that is nearly 10 feet
On Sat, Sep 7, 2019 at 12:35 PM Ellen Weatherbee <eew...> wrote:
> This observation should be also true for much of Michigan. I spend quite a
> bit of time on Cockburn Island, Canada 🇨🇦(between Drummond Island, USA,
> and Manitoulin Island, Ontario. It is one of the areas where birds and
> butterflies land on their journey south. All summer we have had a fair
> number of monarchs, and this past week has shown a huge influx of them, as
> they fed and rested, after crossing the North Channel from the Canadian
> There is very little visitation this time of year on the milkweeds,
> although earlier in the year, there was.
> Their apparent much-preferred plants this time of year for nectar are tall
> goldenrod, Canada goldenrod, and flat-topped white aster. (Solidago
> altissima, S. canadensis, and Doellingeria umbellata.) It is fine to
> promote the value of milkweeds, but I would strongly suggest adding
> goldenrods and asters to protect and promote wherever possible. There are
> many acres of these plants literally covered with monarchs, on both private
> property and on Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) property.
> Ellen.Jack.Nellie (woof woof)
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