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Old 10-07-2017, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Central WI
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.... He said he hadn't seen the various types in one place since he was a child... .
The last time we had an emergence of 17-yr cicadas around here, I noticed that there seemed to be an unusual abundance of butterflies of all types-- maybe the ubiquitous cicadas diverted the feeding attentions of birds away from caterpillars?

Long Island may be experiencing some "stragglers" (early or late emergers) from Brood VII or X. Could that account for your increased butterfly population, in addition to your kind attention to providing habitat? Did you notice many cicadas? [Maybe they were there but got eaten? ]

17 & 13 Year Cicadas, "Locusts", Cicada Broods & Maps
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:49 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Cicada's were minimal this year, almost to the point that there weren't any.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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I read about the milkweed-monarch connection back in March and so this year I planted a bunch of milkweed in my garden. I did get a good number of monarchs, though I think it was mostly 2-3 individuals who kept coming back to my yard.

One thing I noticed was, the monarchs definitely preferred these pink milkweeds I planted (forget what the name of the variety was, they get pretty tall). The other milkweeds didn't get nearly as much attention. Anybody else notice a preference like that?
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Old Yesterday, 06:47 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I read about the milkweed-monarch connection back in March and so this year I planted a bunch of milkweed in my garden. I did get a good number of monarchs, though I think it was mostly 2-3 individuals who kept coming back to my yard.

One thing I noticed was, the monarchs definitely preferred these pink milkweeds I planted (forget what the name of the variety was, they get pretty tall). The other milkweeds didn't get nearly as much attention. Anybody else notice a preference like that?
Very happy to hear you are doing your part JB 007!

Asclepias incarnata aka Swamp milkweed is what that plant probably is, and yes it really draws them in. What you need to watch is which type of milkweed they prefer to lay their eggs on. In many cases they will choose a younger growth milkweed for its tender leaves. Or if they do lay eggs on an older plant, many times the cat will climb down to find a preferable plant. Also, once the monarchs have found your yard, and like what they smell, a signal will be sent thru pheromones in the air, which will bring in more the following year. Don't forget to plant nectar plants for them also. They need a good food source, which will bring the males in first.
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Old Yesterday, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Thanks LIcenter. In addition to the milkweed I planted a whole bunch of other flowers (mostly wildflower type flowers) plus I've got a rose garden started so by next year there should be plenty for them to eat.
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Old Today, 06:10 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Thanks LIcenter. In addition to the milkweed I planted a whole bunch of other flowers (mostly wildflower type flowers) plus I've got a rose garden started so by next year there should be plenty for them to eat.
Sounds like you are on your way! Myself, and Mother Nature's critters wish you all the best.
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