Pam J

Pam J

Posted on 08/06/2014


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Gulf Fritillary (f) (Agraulis vanillae)

Gulf Fritillary (f) (Agraulis vanillae)
Been so very few this year. The plants are there... the weather is very very different to normal.

There are just a very few butterflies.. and even now almost no honey bees but now at last some Sweat Bees and Bumbles.

In a normal year I would see these Gulf Fritillaries on a daily basis in reasonable numbers. This year... this is ONLY the 4th I have seen

micritter, Jeanne, Gerald Schmitt, 8adam8 and 9 other people have particularly liked this photo


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William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous capture!

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4 years ago.
Pam J has replied to William Sutherland
Thankyou William !
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
This is a beauty, Pam.

A friend of mine on Flickr has said exactly the same thing - garden full of flowers and no butterflies. He lives further North from you in Michigan. Another woman has said the same (not sure where she lives in the USA) - only a few Monarchs and one skipper of butterflies.

Your flowers are so lovely, and with that abundance and the warm sunshine you would expect lots. Maybe the Winter/Spring weather affected their breeding pattern
4 years ago.
Pam J has replied to Joan+
Thankyou Joan !

Normally this time of year we are well over 100F and about 24% humidity. This year... mid to high 90s.. and 50-75% humidity. Its like Florida came to visit . The heat index got up to 121F the other day... its awful !

I have seen next to no honey bees.. now a few tiny sweat bees and Bumbles. The Skippers that normally come first.... ... next to nothing.. and same with the bigger butterflies... so very very few.

We had a longer winter.. the few flowers came very late....

They were saying so very few Monarchs left Mexico for the journey North but the reports are that the breeding generation increased and that there should be a good number coming south .

Last year I had 20 Monarchs(first time I saw them here !!) for almost a week as they migrated South... I am not banking on seeing any this year.

This pattern as you have also said... is widespread... and its concerning.
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
4 years ago.
Pam J has replied to Joan+
Thankyou again Joan !
4 years ago.
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Really superb !!! *****
4 years ago.
Pam J has replied to Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Thankyou Christiane !
4 years ago.
Misou 49
Misou 49
Belle prise !
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
I have seen very few butterflies this year. However, the chipmunk population has exploded.
4 years ago.
Pam J has replied to Esther
Thankyou Esther !

My squirrel families have multiplied well too. We dont have the Chippys here though !
4 years ago.
Jean
Jean
Such a beautiful butterfly and lovely light too. Butterflies have been scare here too this year in spite of a lot of sunshine in July. I believe it is because we had a very wet winter. However in the last week or two I've had quite a few in the garden. Bumblebees have been scarce probably because of the wet winter too but I've seen more honey bees than usual. There are so few of them al though compared to my childhood and I was brought up in a city !
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Thankyou Jean !

We had a colder wetter winter too...and it may be the reason for so few. Bumblies I am normally seeing by April... this year... it was mid June before there was anything.. same for butterflies.. and that still is a sparse handful. Last year there were Skippers by the dozen daily....this year.... not even a handful !. Very worryingly... the Honey bees are so very very very few.

Another couple of things.... i have the placid Paper wasps here... they are never a bother.. even the nest on the gable was no worry. This year... i have seen no more of them than the bees. Ants.... again... i have 3 kinds.. the small black.. the small red. and the larger black carpenter ants. This year... only now am i seeing any nests in the grass.. mostly the red ones too.

The birds have faired well... but then i feed them !.. the mammals have had good young... its the insects that have not done well
4 years ago.
Dick M
Dick M
Good color and focus. Well done.
3 years ago.
Pam J has replied to Dick M
Thankyou Dick !
3 years ago.