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"C. and R. Stewart" <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Butterfly Survey <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 23 Jul 2004 10:34:35 -0400
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Milkweed patches sport a variety of butterflies (and other 'beasts').  But
apparently not all patches are created equal.  I was most disappointed not
to find the find the variety in a milkweed patch (in my priority block)
that I discovered in a patch that I monitor for the Monarch Larva
Project.   This MLMP, large milkweed area has now been mowed and reduced to
about half.  The owner did leave the area that I had marked out to
survey.  Yes, it's much easier to access for me.  But, the question remains
whether the insect population that uses these patches will become more
concentrated or move elsewhere?

For what it's worth - I have seen an adult monarch overflying the area the
3 times I have visited.  AND we located l caterpillar (4th instar!!) which
means the adult has been around for a least 2 weeks.   This compared to
NOTHING specific to monarchs until late Aug. last year.   The btfly list:

Atlantis Frits  6-10
Gt. Spangled Frits 1
Silverspotted skipper  2
Viceroy 1
Monarch 1 male
C. T. Swallowtail - 4
Black Swallowtail - 4
Acadian Hairstreak - (lifer!)  6
Dun Skipper 1+
C. Wood Nymph 2
Orange Sulphurs 2
Clouded Sulphurs 4+
White sp.    2

Also a Juvenal Dustywing (in another locations, but another lifer!)

Ruth

Stewarts
E. Dorset, VT
USA

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