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The return of the butterfly


When I was growing up, it was common to see monarch butterflies. For several years, we've seen none. Part of the reason for this is that we've destroyed the sole food of the monarch caterpillars, milkweed. Hubby and I decided to try to revive the local population by planting milkweed seeds. We were rewarded for our efforts! Here are some of the monarchs who came to visit this year. Next week I'll show you a bit more about them; this post is the first of three about our monarch adventures.

 







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42 comments:

  1. Well done on your efforts! They are so beautiful!

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  2. Such a wonderful story. Great you were able to revive and I like the flowers of the milkweed plant.

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  3. Butterflies are amazing little creatures. It was always fun as a kids to learn about their metamorphosis!!
    I hope you have a great week!

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  4. Love this butterflies, wonderful captures. Thank you for hosting.

    Have a good week.

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  5. I'm so glad you planted milkweed to help the monarch butterflies in your area! We do the same

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  6. what a brilliant initiative, Sue.

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  7. That's a wonderful story and I so love the first butterfly which has chosen you again after many years, well done my friend, let's try to preserve our Nature, when we're able to, and Its Gifts!
    May your week be filled with other little things which to be glad for
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

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  8. Beautiful butterfly! So good you try to make them feel welcome :)

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  9. That is so wonderful of you. Milkweeds are beautiful too.

    -Soma

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  10. Bless you for caring and acting!

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  11. It's a big thing here, during Spring through to Autumn we see heaps of them, they love the swan plants to lay their eggs on.

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  12. Such pretty Monarchs and all so welcomed in the garden. Thank you for sharing your wonderful captures!

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  13. The Monarchs are so beautiful and so welcomed in the garden. Thank you for sharing your wonderful views!

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  14. It is sad. I miss seeing them in the Summer. We use to have milkweed in the field beside us, and curious about what it was is when I learned it is important to butterflies. Since though, they have cut all the field to make a property so no more butterflies. I wish I had kept and planted some seeds. Love that you are helping the population.

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  15. Oh wow - I've never seen a living monarch, know them only from books. Glad, that your idea with the milkweed was sucessful. I do that with other plants here for our butterflies and insects too.

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  16. Beautiful reward for your effort. The butterflies visiting my garden have reduced too.

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  17. I love Monarch butterflies and was lucky to see their annual migration from Mexico a few years ago. Well done for trying to improve their habitat by growing some milkweed. I look forward to seeing more photos of these beautiful butterflies.

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  18. How much it means to love nature and to have ideas! Congratulations, Sue!

    Have a fine day!

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  19. Good work Mr and Mrs Sue. Actually doing positive conservation instead of " do as I say but not as I do".

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  20. Gorgeous butterfly!

    So good of you to plant the milkweed to help the monarch butterflies, Sue.

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  21. these close -up are marvellous. nature is such a perfection.

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  22. You are a very good photographer! Your photos are amazing.
    And I love butterflies!
    Happy WW and a beautiful November!

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  23. Amazing photos and your efforts are priceless!

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  24. Beautiful. I love butterflies. Beautiful shots and I love all the colors.

    Thank you for hosting the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  25. I am so happy that you and the hubs planted milkweed, their host plant. When I learned about them and milkweed way back when, I told the Pres. He groaned and grumbled about how it "ends up everywhere". Well, needless to say, we, too, now have Monarchs!!...jp

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  26. This makes me so happy. I loved seeing them when I was a kid in NYC. I wonder if we can grow milkweed for them here in Seattle. Thanks for the reminder!

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  27. Glad your work paid off. We see a lot of the monarch butterflies in Georgia and TN>

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  28. Thank you and your hubby for helping the Monarchs, Sue! We love them, and have lots of them visit here each Summer during their migration. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing, and hosting!

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  29. Well done doing something to bring the monachs back. Enjoy your week, stay safe and thank you again for the link up.

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  30. Congratulations! Many of the parks and even public parking lots around here have established pollinator gardens. I think Virginia has some sort of program that involves the highway department. They already had wildflower patches along roads.

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  31. You have done such a nice work! ❤️

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  32. What a lovely thing to do. I see a few Red Admirals and Tortoiseshells but never Monarchs! Delightful.

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  33. Wonderful photos of the butterfly!

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  34. So glad that they are returning. They are returning here also. They are so beautiful.

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  35. Beautiful butterflies, and well done on bringing them back.

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  36. I read somewhere that there are more monarch butterflies this year!

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  37. They are beautiful ! It's a long time I haven't seen butterflies ! Before we had a lot ihn the last years they disappeared.

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