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Old July 27th, 2010, 04:31 PM
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Smile Chris,thank you for the Monarch

I got soo excited,Chris must have sent me one of her Monarchs,my very first this year
Not very good pics I'm afraid..
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Old July 27th, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Old July 27th, 2010, 04:59 PM
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Chris must have sent a few down my way too chico. I noticed them flitting around my butterfly bush too today.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 08:31 PM
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I saw one on my phlox this afternoon, but I wasn't quick enough for pics. I have some insect damage on my milkweed, and I'm hoping it's from a monarch caterpillar!
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Old July 27th, 2010, 08:57 PM
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Googled that because it looks like our Wanderer butterfly, chico2, and it is the same. It's been seen in Australia since 1871 and is the most common butterfly in my garden. To avoid your cold weather they migrate to Mexico but I'm guessing they stay put in Australia. (I'd like to migrate to somewhere warm right now. LOL)
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Old July 27th, 2010, 09:24 PM
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Wow...who knew that they were so widely traveled!!! Nice to hear there is a population there that doesn't rely on the same small piece of winter real estate for survival, Goldfields.

You want warm, you've got 10 minutes to get here. Shortly thereafter the line of thunderstorms is coming through and we're gonna cool off some!
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Da heck Chico2!!! Your pictures are beautiful and tell the story well!

I've seen a couple fluttering around my area the past couple weeks too!
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Old July 27th, 2010, 09:55 PM
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Chico, what are those lovely little orange flowers in the upper left corner of that first shot?
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Hazel, this is from a site I looked up....

The most famous Lepidopteran migration is that of the Monarch butterfly which migrates from southern Canada to wintering sites in central Mexico. In late winter/early spring, the adult monarchs leave the Transvolcanic mountain range in Mexico for a more northern climate. Mating occurs and the females begin seeking out milkweed to lay their eggs, usually first in northern Mexico and southern Texas. The caterpillars hatch and develop into adults that move north, where more offspring can go as far as Central Canada until next migratory cycle.

Interesting isn't it? Because we don't have snow in so much of Australia maybe they just migrate north to Queensland during the winter, where it's warmer. It's about 9C here and raining lightly at the moment and I haven't managed to get warm since coming in from helping the farrier trim my ponies hooves.
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I haven't seen any here this year
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Chico, what are those lovely little orange flowers in the upper left corner of that first shot?
if i recall chico2's garden they are black eyed susan's hazel.
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No, those I recognized--look in the upper left quadrant on that first shot, aslan--see the reddish-orange little button-looking flowers? The ones just in front of the bee balm?

The really maddening thing is that I think I asked chico what those were last year, and she told me, but I can't remember Story of hazel's life!

GF, I don't think the Hawaiian population migrates much, either! The ones here all end up in the same small location in Mexico--and if those roosting trees die, get burned out or chopped down, no one knows what it would do to the Monarch populations up here
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Chris must have sent a few down my way too chico. I noticed them flitting around my butterfly bush too today.
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I got soo excited,Chris must have sent me one of her Monarchs,my very first this year
Not very good pics I'm afraid..
You are welcome girls, I have so many this year, I like to share

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Chico, what are those lovely little orange flowers in the upper left corner of that first shot?
They are Maltese Cross Hazel, they are more of a Vermillion in colour.

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I haven't seen any here this year
They don't like Dandelions very much
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Old July 28th, 2010, 01:16 PM
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Chris,poor Frenchy always gets picked on
I read in todays Star,that there are not many Monarchs because of all the ugly houses sprouting up everywhere,hence the lack of Milkweed
Got to get me some(I can just hear what you are thinkinig)NO,not that some...!!!
Yes Chris,it's the Maltese Cross..
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Old July 28th, 2010, 03:18 PM
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Maltese Cross... Very pretty

I haven't seen too many monarchs yet, either, but I suspect it's all the rain we've been having... We're just starting to see a few more butterflies now so I'm hoping the monarchs will recover
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GF, I don't think the Hawaiian population migrates much, either! The ones here all end up in the same small location in Mexico--and if those roosting trees die, get burned out or chopped down, no one knows what it would do to the Monarch populations up here
That's a scary thought, Hazel. It seems like forever since it was warm enough here for butterflies, so I enjoy chico2's photo's, but there again, I shouldn't moan about our cold winter when it's nowhere near as cold as yours. This thread inspires me, I must get out in the garden instead of sitting in the warm just ordering more plants for it. LOL.
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Chris,poor Frenchy always gets picked on

She's not supposed to come in the gardening section of the forum
I read in todays Star,that there are not many Monarchs because of all the ugly houses sprouting up everywhere,hence the lack of Milkweed

I will bring you some when I go to 14k's in a few weeks....I saw that article too....no houses around here....not likely in the future either. ... One of the farmers just severed 112 acres to build a house for the son, they would'nt allow another house built on the original farm.

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Yes Chris,it's the Maltese Cross..
I had some a couple of years back, it wasn't being nice to me so I yanked it out...probably didn't get enough sun
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