As I have mentioned before several of my supposedly “tender annuals” have survived the winter and are thriving. I have Verbena that is currently blooming, my Gazania purchased at the “dead plant section” at Lowes for 50 cents survived the winter and are, as we speak, putting on buds, my African daisies, again purchased for 50 cents at Lowes are still green and thriving and I am sure will be blooming this Summer.
The very strange thing though is the butterflies. This time of year I am used to seeing Cabbage Whites and Spring Azures. I am NOT used to seeing Silver Spotted Skippers, Swallowtails and Hairstreaks. In normal circumstances I would not see the Swallowtails until May or so. I remember one year taking a shot of a Tiger Swallowtail on the Apple Blossom and thinking how strange it was. The Silver Spotted Skippers almost never show up until the Lantana are blooming in June or July. The Hairstreaks however NEVER, in my memory have shown up until the Sweet Autumn Clematis are blooming in late August, early September. It is VERY strange and I have to admit that while I enjoy seeing them, which of course I do, I cannot help but wonder what this early emergence means for their species.
You can talk to me all day long and twice on Sundays about “climate change” being debatable but I know what I see, on a daily basis, something is going on out there, and I know one thing, it cannot be good for the butterflies or our planet.