Butterflies galore!

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butterflies I was about to prepare a post about the wonderful Bengali-style poppyseed potato green bean dish we had the other night and was just admiring the photos when I got called by T to

“Quick!! Bring the camera into the lane. There are butterflies everywhere!!”

And as I hope you can see, he was right! The branches were covered with butterflies. A few bees and wasps were joining in. (I have no idea what the plant is; the elderly gentleman who used to live there considered it to be a weed….)

butterflies What an amazing thing!! We stood out there gazing at them for about half an hour, then went inside, bidding them farewell and safe journey across Lake Ontario.

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Okay, maybe this isn’t exactly ontopic for this blog, but the butterflies are getting plenty of food and drink….

Remind me to post about posta (white poppy seeds).

 

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9 responses to “Butterflies galore!

  1. ejm Post author

    I believe they are monarch butterflies, CAM. We usually see them flying through every September but I don’t remember ever seeing so many at once.

    Paz, the annual migration has clearly started; some must be flying through NYC on their way to Mexico. I’m guessing that your best bet would be to go to a park area that has lots of flowers. I see from googling that the Staten Island Botanical Garden has a “butterfly garden” but there MUST be places in Manhattan as well.

    I just googled and found this handy migration map: http://www.monarchwatch.org/tagmig/fallmap.htm

    Also of interest:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_butterfly#Migration

    errrmmmm, very amusing, T (how crass to ask that about an endangered species). I suppose that birds must snag them. But maybe that’s why they fly in formation. And who knows what they pack while they’re flying….

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  2. bing

    Wow! The second-last picture is especially beautiful.

    I think the bush might be a Buddleia, also called a “Butterfly Bush”. ;-)

    This picture shows the flower close up; I think it looks like the flowers in your picture. tsflowers.com/html/buddleia_white.html

    Regarding edibility, there’s another plant called “Butterfly Weed” that monarchs like to feed on because it contains a poison that makes them taste bad, and protects them against being eaten.

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  3. ejm Post author

    Thank you… we were rather pleased with how the photos turned out.

    I asked in a gardening forum and they think that it is Japanese knotweed aka bamboo (Polygonum cuspidatum) http://www.ontariowildflower.com/shrub.htm#bamboojap I’m inclined to agree; as I recall now, the elderly gentleman called it “bamboo”.

    Looking at the photos on the site linked to by bing, the buddleia leaf looks to be on the narrow side rather than heartshaped. But even if the plant were Buddleia rather than bamboo, it looks like maybe buddleia is considered invasive as well. Take a look at this excerpt from http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/detail.php?pid=73:
    This species has demonstrated an invasive tendency in Connecticut, meaning it may escape from cultivation and naturalize in minimally managed areas.

    Cool that monarchs eat food that makes them taste bad to predators.

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  4. Christine

    Beautiful photos! What a serendipitous event you caught on camera. Thanks for visiting my blog. It seems that you were in many of the places that we visited in France.

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  5. ejm Post author

    Thank you very much, Christine! We were really fortunate, weren’t we?

    And it was (and will be) my pleasure to visit your blog. It does look like we were in many of the same places in France. Cool that we also loved the same foods.

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