[TN-Bird] Monarch Butterflies

  • From: "Robbie Hassler" <drhass@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-bird" <TN-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 17:09:14 -0500

For the past week I have been having Mornarch butterflies coming to my 
hummingbird feeders.  While some will fly when a bird comes in, others will sit 
tight and suddenly flash their wings open and scare the bird away.  This is 
obviously intentional and it works.  While I can't imagine a hummingbird 
pecking a Monarch in the first place, it may be obeying an instinct passed down 
from an experienced forefather that this is one insect that tastes so bad it 
causes repeated gags.
 I also have house flies and red wasps at my feeders.  The wasps I can handle 
but I haven't had flies before.  Does anyone know how to keep them away from 
the feeders?  Some of them get through the insect guard into the feeder tray. 

Robbie Hassler
Pickett county

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