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Old 11-26-2017, 02:56 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Did anyone else notice a huge amount of crickets this year? Tons of baby crickets, yet not so much chirping and not one got in the house? It was odd.
Nope, not a whole lotta crickets where I reside. I do get a few in the garage, but that really sums it up.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NYUSA, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way.
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It really was an exceptional year (butterfly wise) for us on Long Island. Fingers crossed next year will follow suit.
Got my fingers & toes all crossed!

By the way, I tend to perceived that the Spring, Summer, & Falls on LI are always too short while the Winters seem to be getting longer ~ almost like 6 true seasons instead of 4? As in something like Spring, Summer, Fall, Locking, Winter, Unlocking ...

& the following thoughtview on the butterflies is based more on a sortof 'karmic imagining' than on anything else ~ however I like to think all of my neighbor's nurturings (including providing the environments & the freeings) when he was a child have returned to thank him.
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Old 11-27-2017, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NYUSA, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way.
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Did anyone else notice a huge amount of crickets this year? Tons of baby crickets, yet not so much chirping and not one got in the house? It was odd.
As with the Cicadas, so with the Crickets, tend not to notice unless prevalent, & then it's their noises that make me notice ~ as LICenter noted ~ not so much here on LI.
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Old 11-27-2017, 07:49 AM
 
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I am in Houston, and am landscaping a house I recently bought. The plants I am using include Butterfly Weed (Milkweed), specifically for the monarchs. Ever since I bought the plants, I have had monarchs, their caterpillars, and associated (harmless) bugs on these plants. I am trying to do my part, and enjoying it!

Also, I have been seeing lots of cicada carcasses around the house.
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Old 07-24-2018, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NYUSA, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way.
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Saw my first butterflies in my front yard last week! YaY! Anyone else?
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Old 07-25-2018, 04:00 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I bought a milkweed from a nearby garden center this morning for the grandkids to plant at their house. They were looking at the one I have and we saw a very small caterpillar on one leaf two days ago and were excited about it. The garden center had fifty plants covered with caterpillars and with monarch butterflies all over. We saw several chrysalis hanging on pots.

We decided to check out my plant on the side of the house to see how that little caterpillar was doing. Omg, there are now 16 caterpillars and counting!

We have to help the Monarch Butterflies-40255c01-19fc-4332-9b20-2c010d85a540.jpeg

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Old 07-25-2018, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I saw one in my yard today. First time in three years. As a bonus, I'd seen a Goldfinch the day before.
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Old 07-25-2018, 09:49 PM
 
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Looking forward to some time reading through this. I was just taking pix of what looks like this monarch butterfly in our butterfly bush. Kind of annoyed at a young man cutting down another butterfly bush that he mistook in another area of the yard.

Crickets...none. Cicadas...sounded like two nights of them for maybe half and hour each, loud, and then gone for good.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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When we lived in California, there was a little town down the coast that Monarchs always returned to.
There was a park in town with a small forest that was a Monarch reserve.
When they came back every year the whole forest filled with them.
It was magical.

Then the town politicians sold it to developers who bulldozed all the trees down and built condos.

There must be other towns around that have Monarch forests, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Monarchs have become extinct.
I haven't seen one for years.
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Old 07-25-2018, 11:12 PM
 
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When we lived in California, there was a little town down the coast that Monarchs always returned to.
There was a park in town with a small forest that was a Monarch reserve.
When they came back every year the whole forest filled with them.
It was magical.

Then the town politicians sold it to developers who bulldozed all the trees down and built condos.

There must be other towns around that have Monarch forests, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Monarchs have become extinct.
I haven't seen one for years.
This is so sad. I've seen similar happen with geese and eagles. Terrible thing.
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