[TN-Bird] Re: Monarch Butterflies

  • From: Dthomp2669@xxxxxxx
  • To: drhass@xxxxxxxxxxx, tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 07:22:09 EDT

In a message dated 8/27/2007 5:02:21 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
drhass@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
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 
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  
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 

I get rid of insects by spreading a little cooking oil (Crisco or Wesson  
does just fine) around the "sippy holes."  It doesn't appear to bother the  
hummingbirds,but insects do not seem to like the slippery feet they get by  
perching on an "oil slick."
Dee Thompson
Nashville, TN

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