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A good year for butterflies

Butterflies on the milkweed behind Acorn Abbey

I’ve seen a lot of butterflies this year, particularly monarch butterflies. The presence of monarch butterflies is a good indicator on the health and variety of the local ecosystem. The life cycle of monarch butterflies is dependent on milkweed.

Though I wish I had more milkweed here, there is a very fine milkweed plant behind Acorn Abbey, near the edge of the woods. I’m sure there will be more in future years. Though I broke down and mowed my grass this year, still there are lots of wild spots and hedges where the native species can volunteer and grow as they please. I think these wild areas are very helpful to the animal and insect population.

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