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So many swan plants but where are the monarchs?

Posted by helen 
So many swan plants but where are the monarchs?
April 02, 2018 08:43PM
Our garden is full of healthy swan plants but there has been little monarch activity this summer which is highly unusual.
There don't seem to have been that many wasps around eating the caterpillars so I don't know why they are scarce.
Is it just our garden or has anyone else noticed this as well?
Re: So many swan plants but where are the monarchs?
April 03, 2018 08:08PM
I have heard of a decline in monarch butterflies, some blame wasps as per this link.

[monarchbutterflygarden.net]

Unfortunately, although we used to see them in abundance at our place there seem to be far fewer. We haven't had swan plants growing in recent years but if it would help we would plant lots of them. One garden outlet was giving them away at one time.

We have a bottle brush that continues to flower even through the winter and that is where we mostly see them.
Along with birds in the morning and lots of honey bees in the warmer part of the day.
Re: So many swan plants but where are the monarchs?
April 23, 2018 08:21PM
Very few at our place too, Helen. I am blaming the weather. Still it gives the plants a year to recuperate.
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