GULF FRITILLARY ON PICKEREL WEED by May Lattanzio
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This photo may not be significant to you, but right now these butterflies should be migrating, having fed for weeks on the flowers waiting for them here.

To date, I have seen THREE. They should be a black and orange cloud crossing highway 231.

THREE.

No skippers, no moths. No bees, wasps or other pollinators.

It is VERY sinister.

There are no flowers, and the roadsides have been scoured by an overzealous mowing policy. We should have Monarchs all over the place. I haven’t seen any. Half of my property is totally wild.
No flowers. Just growth.

Bayou George, FL
Sony W50

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butterfly, creek, florida, gulf fritillary, pickerel weed

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  • sfloydevans
    sfloydevansabout 4 years ago

    May,
    Please share the significance of this! I apologize for my ignorance, but these are one of my most favorite butterflies and want to know. Also want to know if it relates at all to the butterflies I am seeing my yard right now. (I am in central SC)
    Lovely photo, by the way! :-)
    Sheila

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 4 years ago

    Do you have an equivalent of the British Butterfly Conservation Society? What about your Aubordan (not sure of spelling) Society and other wild life groups/organisations? Can’t ANYBODY influence these mad mowers? Our local council is trying to implement exactly the opposite, to create wildlife corridors, mow only at appropriate times (it saves money too), restore habitats…Surely someone can do something, it just needs one person to start the ball rolling. Local news papers, radio/TV stations. The Monarchs suffered badly last winter in Mexico, they need all the help they can get.
    j

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

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