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Monarchs officially invited to come to Adair County KY
By Linda Waggener
Monarch butterflies have been officially invited to come to Adair County, KY specifically to the Adair County Public Library, to its new rest and food stations in two gardens on the back side of the building. The sign, if the butterflies get close enough to read it, states that it is theirs for the using.
A brief program was presented at the Monarch garden site by Betty Knifley and Donna Jones, leaders of the Adair County Garden Club.
They encouraged everyone interested to plant butterfly-loving plants if they've not already done so. They offered handouts with information on the insect's specific needs. Everything you need to know is available at the library.
The flight of the Monarch butterflies is the greatest distance of any insect migration known on Earth. The information at this link says that "Monarchs sense certain topographical features, avoiding both large bodies of water and tall mountains. Instead, they choose cool valley passes between mountains."
Betty and Don Knifley shared insights at the reception in the library after the ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, June 15, 2016, along with many others who share interests in the environment and beautiful garden spaces and specifically in Monarch butterfly recruitment.
Betty said she wants to go to Mexico and give an in-person invitation so the Monarchs know for sure they are welcome here. Don is worried about the building of a huge wall that a presidential candidate claims he'll do -- will it confuse or halt the annual migration of the Monarchs? His thought made me picture thousands of the beautiful insects in flight and unsuspectingly hitting the wall and falling to their deaths.
Ed and I have been dedicated to butterflies always and encouraged our children and grandchildren in that passion. Grandson Graham held this one on his fingertip on a visit to Adair County a few years back. His father Pen observed when he was a toddler, "See the butterfly Mom? See him butter?"
One of the garden club members will give you information, and seeds, to help you begin today. The Waystation at the Library is the fourth one in Adair County. Wendy Burt, Martha Chamberlain, and Betty Knifley have waystations at their homes.
Garden Club Members this year are: Jeanne Marshburn, Betty Knifley, Kathy Hunt, Glenda Brouckaert, Maury Lewis, Bill Lewis, Bill Coleman, Beth Coleman, Wendy Burt, Wendy Friend, Mary Knight, Mary Sharpe, Ted Caldwell, Jerry Holt, Donna Jones, Vonnie Kolbenschlag, Jane Grant, Mary Hext, Chris Haskell and Diane Rose.
And Joyce Coomer wrote about her butterfly garden recently which makes five in the county now.
Scroll down below the story for photos.
This story was posted on 2016-06-16 18:49:08
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