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Posted by gandle 4 NE (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 13, 10 at 17:21

Butterflies that is, our new england asters are beginning to bloom and no butterflies. They usually would be covered by them now. We have a plethora of spiders everywhere but I haven't seen any butterflies trapped in their webs.. Some of the spiders are really fun to watch. Great engineers beautiful webs and so patient.

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RE: Send any extra this way please.

That explains our gobs of butterfiles, we stole yours. Or was it a late cold snap there? Or maybe they're just running late? I love love love asters. Such beautiful colors. LF is very interested in spiders. Enjoy the flowers!

RE: Send any extra this way please.

Maybe you need to plant more marigolds, snapdragons & butterfly bushes next year. :o)

But spiders spinning their webs makes a good pastime until the season begins again. Enjoy!


RE: Send any extra this way please.

We've had the usual full complement of swallowtails, but I do have buddleias, zinnias, salvia, phlox and marigolds to get their attention. There's a 20' buddleia behind the garden; you can barely see the lavender blooms because there are so many butterflies.

However, only a couple monarchs... normally by now they outnumber the swallowtails.

We saw one honeybee this year, although a neighbor has several hives. His bees seem to fly north and east rather than south to us. There only a few of the large bumblebees and fewer of the small bumblies. The teensy-tiny silvery bees (I haven't the vaguest idea of their formal nomenclature) have disappeared -- those were the ones who did all the garden's pollinating for the past several years.

I keep thinking about Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring".

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