Where have all the butterflies gone? | The EPA Blog

Where have all the butterflies gone? | The EPA Blog

Where have all the butterflies gone? | The EPA Blog

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and chairs EPA's Multilingual Communications Task Force. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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For all those garden enthusiasts-whether you have a green thumb or have you noticed anything different this season? yet to see any butterflies in my backyard.

I've tried to create a healthy natural setting that will encourage regular visits from benefitial insects and wildlife. I normally use greenscaping techniques to protect the environment. I have specifically planned several shrubs and perennials that supposedly attract bees, butterflies and birds-aster, yarrow, butterfly bush, and daylilies, to name a few. Overall, the flowering plants are blossoming as expected this year. Currently, I've noticed that my birdhouses already have their share of regular tenants. The hummingbirds have already made an early appearance-but no butterflies.

In the meantime, I welcome advice on attracting butterflies to my garden.

Where have butterflies gone?

About the author: Lina MF Younes has worked at the EPA since 2002 and is in charge of the Multilingual Communications Working Group. As a journalist, he ran the Washington office of two Puerto Rican newspapers and has worked in various government agencies.

For those who like gardening-whether they have a good hand or not- noticed something different this season?

Where have all the butterflies gone? | The EPA Blog

The reason I ask is that I have not yet seen butterflies in my yard. I do not know if it is that I have not yet seen them or if something irregular is occurring.

I have tried to create a healthy natural environment that encourages routine visits of wildlife and beneficial insects. I usually use ecological gardening techniques to protect the environment. I have planted evergreen shrubs and plants that supposedly attract bees, butterflies and birds. In general, all plants have flourished abundantly this year. At present the small bird houses have their traditional inhabitants. Even the buzzers have appeared early this season - but the butterflies are absent.

Meanwhile, I hope someone can advise me on how to bring butterflies to my garden.

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