Grkovich, Alex agrkovich at tmpeng.com
Fri Aug 18 09:17:06 EDT 2006

Mercifully, there are very few people like that around...but we do run
into them...and it's not just butterflies that they pick on...These are
the types of "children" who pick up cats by the tails and whirl them
around and them let them go...

Usually kids that have been abused and then have to take that out on
something else...


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Had a chance to check out the butterfly garden at Hammo yesterday while
my daughter participated in a children's program at the nature center.
Ran into Noble Proctor who let me know what a few things were, as they
were flying too quickly for me to identify at first!  The place was
really hopping--here are my estimates:

Monarchs--Noble estimated 30
Orange Sulphur--6
Cabbage White--12
Eastern Tailed Blue--1
Buckeye--numerous (more than Monarchs?)
American Lady--2
Broadwing Skipper--numerous
Peck's Skipper--1
Black Swallowtail--2
Tiger Swallowtail--2
Question Mark--1
Red-Spotted Purple--1
Snowberry Clearwing Moth--3

I was having a marvelous time until a couple of young teenagers came
along and started trying to catch the butterflies by hand.  The girl
caught one and handed it to the boy, who made comments about pulling its
wings off, held it by the wingtips and started blowing on it.  I asked
them to let the butterfly go, and eventually they did, but then
proceeded to make nasty comments about "Nature" in general.  It really
put a damper on my day.  I know part of the purpose of the CBA is to
protect butterflies, but I didn't think I'd need to directly protect
them against humans!!

One note--to follow up Carol's post, it certainly is a banner year for
Monarchs!  Our sixth eclosed this morning--we have two more chrysalides
and four more caterpillars.  That is in addition to several chrysalides
we've shared with other folks and all of the caterpillars we've given to
our Brownie troop.  Yesterday at Hammo, I did notice that all of the
Monarchs that I got a good look at seemed to be male.  When I was at my
mother's house in Westport recently, most of the Monarchs seemed to be
male (only one faded female).  Coincidence?


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