6 thoughts on “Of Monarchs and Milkweeds

  1. Colin Huggins

    These butterflies are all over the place in the tropics, I see that these as shown are from California ( a bit more tropical than the Virginias).
    I have seen them also in Sydney and out west in NSW.
    Thankfully the rain still continues – much more is needed in outback areas to really break the drought.


      1. Colin Huggins

        Actually to be perfectly honest – butterfles that were 30 years ago here in profusion numbers are a rarity these days in Brisbane.
        Reason: The mongrel Indian Mynah birds have killed them all off.
        Don’t ever let one of these birds appear on the US radar scene.
        Google them and see what they look like and if any appear, then IMMEDIATELY inform the appropriate authorities. You have been warned and I do so for your sake.
        They “dive bomb” aka the German Stukkas of WW2,actually had Hermann Goering known of these birds, his “stukkas” and their methods might have been far more devastating and work as a team, (God forbid that), people walking on the streets and air straight at your eyes.
        One person or more has taken to poisoning them in my area and whoever they are, I applaud them. The street next to my Rail Station is infested with them and at nesting time they become even more belligerent with their “dive bombing”. I have been bitten on quite a number of occasions. No matter what the climatic situation is, you wear glasses to protect your eyes. I wear sunglasses and even those have been knocked off! The Council workers want the trees chopped down to get rid of them, the Council and the idiots in senior positions won’t listen – may upset the “greenie bird lovers” – what utter crap.
        The trees in question are also non-Australian and the leaves clutter the drains etc. so when it rains it is a case of shoes off to walk through the water that can’t escape. Now, the situation, – useless and horrible trees and Indian Mynahs win!
        Sorry for being so blunt on this terrible subject.



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