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Last year I had batch after batch of Monarch caterpillars hatching on my milkweed. A dozen or so caterpillars can quickly chomp away all the leaves on a medium-ish sized plant and I was always scrambling to get more milkweed. This year, not only have I not had a single caterpillar, I haven't really seen any butterflies about.

I did get some Eastern Swallotails on one of my fennel plants, but not a single Monarch. As a result, my plants have actually put up seed a few times. Almost no one in my gardener's group has seen any this year either.

Are there Monarch Butterflies where you are this year?
 
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Last year I had batch after batch of Monarch caterpillars hatching on my milkweed. A dozen or so caterpillars can quickly chomp away all the leaves on a medium-ish sized plant and I was always scrambling to get more milkweed. This year, not only have I not had a single caterpillar, I haven't really seen any butterflies about.

I did get some Eastern Swallotails on one of my fennel plants, but not a single Monarch. As a result, my plants have actually put up seed a few times. Almost no one in my gardener's group has seen any this year either.

Are there Monarch Butterflies where you are this year?
I saw 2 this year. Usually I see 100's. I live out in the country and have a lot of milkweed too.
 
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I think I saw a few Monarch Butterflies this year, but I'm not sure if it wasn't a different specie. Those beautiful creatures fly so quickly!
Monarch Butterflies look like this, don't they?:

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I think I saw a few Monarch Butterflies this year, but I'm not sure if it wasn't a different specie. Those beautiful creatures fly so quickly!
Monarch Butterflies look like this, don't they?:

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I could be a Monarch or it could be a Viceroy. They are almost identical. The only way to tell is if you can see the underside of the wing.
 

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I have seen a few in the front but not a many as usual. I don't remember seeing many caterpillars this spring either.
 
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@claudine, it looks like a Monarch to me.

The Queen and Viceroy butterflies are similar to Monarchs, but when you see them side by side, they don't seem as similar, at least not to me.

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This is the Queen:

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You can see the wings and bodies are all shaped slightly differently.
 
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Thank you for sharing these pictures, now I see the difference. The color of Viceroy butterfly's wings is slightly darker, isn't it?
I must say I'm still not sure what species of butterflies visit my garden. I must get a closer look at them. I wish they weren't so scared of me and my dog;)
 
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Thank you for sharing these pictures, now I see the difference. The color of Viceroy butterfly's wings is slightly darker, isn't it?
I must say I'm still not sure what species of butterflies visit my garden. I must get a closer look at them. I wish they weren't so scared of me and my dog;)
Yep, if they would only land side by side and stay there it would be easy.
 
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@claudine and @Chuck, if you have the time to sit quietly at butterfly visiting time, you can just wait for them to visit. Taking photos of them can help to identify them late on because you have an instant reference. Certain species are attracted to certain plants so if you have those plants you have another means of narrowing down the identification.
 
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I have the time to sit quietly and watch butterflies, but my dog always tries to catch them:( To be alone in our garden, I'd have to lock him at home. I really don't want to do it.
So I only see flying butterflies, they don't dare to sit on plants for more than few seconds.
 
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That's kind of funny, @claudine. I have a yard cat, which decided it lives at my home, then my aunt started to feed it, and now it is always around. (He's really cute!). Quite a few times I have had to tell him not to attack the other garden friendlies. He never messed with my newly emerged butterflies though.
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I call him Louis (lew-ee) Jardin. :) He's really funny. He may occasionally pet you, but you can't touch him. I tell him I should have named him scaredy cat.
 
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Last year I had batch after batch of Monarch caterpillars hatching on my milkweed. A dozen or so caterpillars can quickly chomp away all the leaves on a medium-ish sized plant and I was always scrambling to get more milkweed. This year, not only have I not had a single caterpillar, I haven't really seen any butterflies about.

I did get some Eastern Swallotails on one of my fennel plants, but not a single Monarch. As a result, my plants have actually put up seed a few times. Almost no one in my gardener's group has seen any this year either.

Are there Monarch Butterflies where you are this year?
It's funny you mention that... I haven't seen many at all this year. I think maybe one or two. :( I really miss that... they are so peaceful and I just love to see them flutter on by. Gives me a sense of just taking it all in. Relaxing and slowing things down for just a few minutes. I think we all need to do that from time to time. :)

Danyel :)
 
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That's kind of funny, @claudine. I have a yard cat, which decided it lives at my home, then my aunt started to feed it, and now it is always around. (He's really cute!). Quite a few times I have had to tell him not to attack the other garden friendlies. He never messed with my newly emerged butterflies though.
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I call him Louis (lew-ee) Jardin. :) He's really funny. He may occasionally pet you, but you can't touch him. I tell him I should have named him scaredy cat.

He is so adorable!! I love cats, I wish they weren't so scared of my evil little Yorkie;)
I noticed two butterflies in this picture. They're so big! In my garden, I sometimes see butterflies that look quite alike, but they're much smaller.
 
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I haven't seen a monarch butterfly in person. I don't think we have that kind of butterfly here. Are they harmful?
 
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Last year I had batch after batch of Monarch caterpillars hatching on my milkweed. A dozen or so caterpillars can quickly chomp away all the leaves on a medium-ish sized plant and I was always scrambling to get more milkweed. This year, not only have I not had a single caterpillar, I haven't really seen any butterflies about.

I did get some Eastern Swallotails on one of my fennel plants, but not a single Monarch. As a result, my plants have actually put up seed a few times. Almost no one in my gardener's group has seen any this year either.

Are there Monarch Butterflies where you are this year?

I have seen zero, and I live in a place that is supposedly part of their route!!! I'm starting to worry, I have seen so few butterflies and bee, but on the brighter side I saw some humming birds some weeks ago! They were gorgeous :love::love::love::love::love: They thought my colorful clothespins were flowers lol. I disappointed them, since i have no flowers anymore :oops:
 
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I have seen zero, and I live in a place that is supposedly part of their route!!! I'm starting to worry, I have seen so few butterflies and bee, but on the brighter side I saw some humming birds some weeks ago! They were gorgeous :love::love::love::love::love: They thought my colorful clothespins were flowers lol. I disappointed them, since i have no flowers anymore :oops:
Oh, you're so lucky!!:D I'd love to see humming birds! I'm sure they're the cutest and the prettiest little creatures in the whole world. It's such a pity that they don't live in my climate zone.
Of course butterflies are gorgeous too, but I prefer humming birds:)
 
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I haven't seen a monarch butterfly in person. I don't think we have that kind of butterfly here. Are they harmful?

They are anything but harmful! In fact, I can't think of any butterfly that is harmful. The larvae eat the leaves of certain plants, including some food plants, but I wouldn't call that harmful. It's easy to put in extra plants to feed them and still have your food plants intact. I grow dill and fennel for the swallowtails to save my parsley.
 
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I have seen zero, and I live in a place that is supposedly part of their route!!! I'm starting to worry, I have seen so few butterflies and bee, but on the brighter side I saw some humming birds some weeks ago! They were gorgeous :love::love::love::love::love: They thought my colorful clothespins were flowers lol. I disappointed them, since i have no flowers anymore :oops:

Oh, you're so lucky!!:D I'd love to see humming birds! I'm sure they're the cutest and the prettiest little creatures in the whole world. It's such a pity that they don't live in my climate zone.
Of course butterflies are gorgeous too, but I prefer humming birds:)

I was at the home of someone in my gardening group from Facebook recently and while we were in her yard a hummingbird visited one of her cigar plants! I hadn't seen a hummingbird here since before hurricane Katrina (almost 20 years ago, in fact)! I'm about to start an in-ground plot of plants to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

To see bees you have to leave some of the wildflowers and invasive vines in a section of your garden. Those attract pollinators better than anything!
 
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He is so adorable!! I love cats, I wish they weren't so scared of my evil little Yorkie;)
I noticed two butterflies in this picture. They're so big! In my garden, I sometimes see butterflies that look quite alike, but they're much smaller.

The monarch butterflies in the photo had just emerged from their cocoons. It was such a rewarding experience fostering them! I didn't have the time to dedicate this year, but hopefully by next spring I can do it again.
 
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They are anything but harmful! In fact, I can't think of any butterfly that is harmful. The larvae eat the leaves of certain plants, including some food plants, but I wouldn't call that harmful. It's easy to put in extra plants to feed them and still have your food plants intact. I grow dill and fennel for the swallowtails to save my parsley.

Really? That is very interesting to know. The caterpillars in our garden killed my okras. They ate all the leaves. :/
 

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