A local garden columnist suggested it was a bad year for butterflies and other less enjoyable insects because of the Great Easter Freeze of '07' and the drought conditions this summer. If this was a bad year for butterflies then I can't wait till next year.
Granted I have a mountaintop meadow that blooms in successive waves of numerous species of plants from spring until, well I will soon find out until when, but there has not been a shortage of butterflies. The Spicebush Swallowtails in particular put on quite a show.
The one thing I was not seeing until recently were Monarch butterflies even though I have seen several patches of Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed here. A few weeks ago I saw one, then another and today quite a few.
The resident gardeners tell me this mountain is on the direct route of the Monarchs migration. This could get interesting.