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WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE? That’s the question that’s been going around the web blogasphere within the past week–I’ve received two of them. This magnificent Black Swallowtail visited my garden yesterday afternoon. This beautiful creature has been visiting my garden for a few days now, but I can’t ID it.  Is it a butterfly […]

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MORE NATIVE MILKWEED   All members of the genus  Asclepias are appealing to Monarch butterflies and caterpillars. Nine species grow in Kane County but only four are available at local nurseries. I’m going to show you six more today.   Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is, by far, the best butterfly attractant.   The dense, domed, […]

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Plant Milkweed (Native only)

  PLANT MILKWEED (NATIVE ONLY) My Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a native milkweed, is just beginning to bloom.  I emphasize native, because Better Homes and Gardens is promoting a tropical milkweed to attract Monarch Butterflies.   From Wild Ones Journal June 2013 Update:   Better Homes and Gardens  The May 2013 issue of Better Homes […]

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Late Summer Bloom

      My traditional gardening friends complain that they have no flowers in bloom in August.  They obviously don’t grow Black-eyed Susan.  (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii)   View out my front door.  This week a Great Spangled Fritillary landed on my front porch stair post–alas, I didn’t get a photo.  Great Spangled Fritillary are […]

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  LETS PLANT MILKWEED!!! Recently, Wild Ones posted the following monarch update on the Wild Ones Facebook page:  We are trying to harness the power of the Internet and Facebook to help save our Monarchs.  Please share this information with your members and ask everyone to send this information to their friends and family.  Also, […]

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More on Butterflies

  The caterpillars of Swallowtails eat only the leaves of Umbelliferous plants such as Golden Alexanders (Zizea aurea), Angelica, Queen Anne’s Lace, Coriander, Dill, and Parsley; one year I had 2 caterpillars eat all the leaves off a potted parsley plant next to my back door.  (I wish I had taken a picture.)   Sulfur […]

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