Wednesday, October 5, 2011

If butterflies could vote (and other beneficial insects and all wildlife) Fayetteville's sales-tax renewal would pass ON CONDITION that park mowing would be reduced while most park and other city services would be increased

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Beneficial insects depend on native plants through fall. Mowing or brushhogging or burning before winter decreases populations of these and many other valuable native species.

Clouded sulphur butterfly on Grindelia (gum plant) flower Oct. 4. 2011

Monarch butterfly caterpillar on Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) Oct. 4, 2011)

Monarch butterfly on Evening Primrose on  Oct. 4, 2011, fresh from chrysalis  ready to fly to Mexico for winter

Rare fall flower on Aslcepias viridis (spider milkweed) Oct. 4, 2011, offering fresh leaves to last generation of monarch caterpillars

Pearl crescent butterfly resting on plant long past flowering stage on Oct. 4, 2011

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