Exploring Clark County - Have you ever been kissed by a butterfly?

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Exploring Clark County - Have you ever been kissed by a butterfly?

Exploring Clark County - Have you ever been kissed by a butterfly?Butterfly populations around the world are shrinking. While most of us would miss the aesthetics of the butterfly, it’s wise to remember that this beautiful insect also plays an important role in our eco-system.

Butterflies, while not as important as bees at this job, do play a role in the pollination process. Without pollination, the fruits and vegetables we now enjoy in abundance, would become less available and more expensive.

In addition, butterflies provide food for other species, thereby aiding in nature’s precarious life cycle balance. Wildlife biologists say the butterfly population is a good indicator as to the health of our planet.

The number of Monarch butterflies has been declining in North America for more than a decade.  A loss of habitat and the use of broad-spectrum pesticides has contributed to this decline.

While conservationists scramble to come up with an solution to this problem, there are a few simple things we can do to help.

  • Butterflies drink nectar, therefore, planting native flowers that provide this food source will help local butterfly populations.

  •  Plant “Milkweed” in a sunny spot in your yard - Monarchs will only lay their eggs on Milkweed plants.


  •  Reduce or eliminate the use of broad-spectrum chemicals in your gardens - pesticides are highly toxic to butterflies. 


It’s sad to imagine a world without butterflies - it's certain our gardens and our lives would be noticeably less beautiful. 

Are you interested in learning more about Green Homes or Green Lifestyles in Clark County?  Let’s explore your options.

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  3. Gloria Todor 08/20/2011 03:38 AM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Debb,  wow, what a cool info-video on butterflies!  AND you sure picked the perfect song!!!  Well done.  This is so cool!! 

Aug 17, 2011 03:13 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

David, thank you very much, I appreciate your comments. I'm hoping that little by little,  we call all raise awareness about some "big" issues that we might not think about everyday. If we all do our small part, together, we can make a difference.

Kathleen, yes my husband mentioned how he used to see them all the time growing up in Maryland, now it's quite rare, we often see a Viceroy and mistake it for a Monarch. Thanks for always supporting my efforts.

Hi Richard, great question. They are vulnerable to other insects, wasps, spiders, praying mantis, etc. In addition, they are food for birds, snakes, frogs and monkeys. 

Hi Judy, many conservationists aren't fans of the butterfly bush, but they do draw butterflies. The problem, they are not a good food source for the larvae - so the butterflies have to expend a lot of energy to find another food source. Butterfly Bushes also tend to be invasive and can quickly take over other native plant species that might be a better food source for the butterflies.

Pamela, thanks I love butterflies and can't imagine a world without them.  Glad you enjoyed the little video. I actually need to recut it as I noticed a few problems - argh.

Aug 17, 2011 05:13 AM #12
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, they are so beautiful in wildlife to watch their path across the plant life!

Aug 17, 2011 12:26 PM #13
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

I LOVE butterflies Debb!  Your video is so cool and your voice is sooooo smooth... you're an obvious Pro at this stuff!  And... BTW, I consider you a member of the KS group ;)  Lovely post! 

Aug 17, 2011 02:20 PM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Joan, Joan, Joan, you were supposed to enjoy a few days of much deserved time Breckenridge. I hope you did spend some time relaxing and use it just for "you."  I love to watch them flutter too.


Mel, you are the princess who keeps watch over the butterflies under the moonlight right?  But, this is a problem we're all going to have to help you with - I don't want "our" grand babies to grow up in a world without butterflies.  ( And I'm so happy to be in the KS group - love you all.)

Aug 18, 2011 03:00 AM #15
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Love the inspiration..the information...and the video/music...You know we have butterfly plantings in out yard here in Asheville...and of course...NO pesticides! as per your suggestion.

PS. I posted your post to my Facebook page..

Aug 18, 2011 06:14 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

janeAnne, I appreciate that so much. Of course no pesticides in janeAnne's yard - never doubted it for a second. And thanks for the repost...I sure appreciate it...and so do the butterflies.

Aug 18, 2011 06:58 AM #17
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Debb, what a beautiful post about butterflies. I really enjoyed the post. We use to grow natural plants to attract butterflies but now we only have a court yard. I'll have to give it some thought to how I might attract some butterflies. Love the post and video!

Aug 18, 2011 02:40 PM #18
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Debb, I have been planting plants that attract butterflies and absolutely love them.  Am concerned that i see few bees.  Where have they all gone.  Nice post!

Aug 18, 2011 02:59 PM #19
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debb, I've known this fact for years...and have shared that with people, especially those who come to Fishhawk Lake and notice the butterflies here. I have the actual flowers that the butterfly is "involved with" the red ones...we have many butterflies and they feed also through their feet, eating minerals....anyway, thank you for this as I love all nature and sharing it/ honoring it like Thoreau did.

Aug 18, 2011 04:18 PM #20
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I can't imagine a world without butterflies. We all have to take better care of Mother Nature to protect all living creatures. Being kissed by a butterfly has to be a magical moment. I just love all butterflies and nature.


Aug 18, 2011 05:19 PM #21
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Judith, you should be concerned about our bee populations. They are diminishing, for many of the same reasons. Pesticides can't tell between the good bugs and the bad bugs.  Scientist blame that, and the loss of habitat , as a major cause.  Bees, and butterflies, also have a very complex life cycle which further adds to the problem of "what to do?"  Let's hope they figure things out before we lose honey and many crops of fruits and vegetables.

Gayle, Yes, it's been going on for quite some time, along with the loss in bee populations. I'm certain you have flowers to support the butterflies in Fishhawk Lake. If I was a butterfly that would be where I'd flutter...often.. (Sounds a bit dirty. :) )

I think you and I share a love of nature and all the beauty it brings to our lives, we cannot afford to take it for granted.  I'm looking forward to seeing you next month!


Patricia - Me neither, or bees. We do have to do our parts to help where we can while our biologists scramble to find a solution. Imagine going to the zoo, as the only hope of showing our grandchildren a butterfly or bumblebee. ":(

This isn't environmental fanaticism, it's real. Thanks for your support and I know you are a fellow nature lover.



Aug 19, 2011 04:41 AM #22
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

The video, the music and the voice....all perfection!  You have certainly raised the bar on what makes an excellent video and have "set the tone" for all of the rest of us! 

Aug 19, 2011 02:18 PM #23
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | eXp Realty, LLC. - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"
Hi Deb, new subscriber here, I absolutely Agree 100% with your assessment on Butterflies. I have watched a couple of Programs on Discovery or one of those channels On the migration of the monarchs from Canada To Mexico. Pretty amazing, considering it could Take 7-10 generations to make the migration.
Aug 19, 2011 06:12 PM #24
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Debb, this is beautiful and I just love butterflies. We once raised and released Monarchs-it was a great experience and I wish I could do it again. We do keep lots of butterfly plants around to encourage them. Suggested & reblogged.

Aug 20, 2011 01:15 AM #25
John McCarthy
Bean Group Portsmouth NH - North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Debb,

Toni's reblog got me to stop by for a visit. You have lots of good information here. We too have lots of butterfly attracting flowers in the yard. The side benefit is they also attract hummingbirds and bees. BTW, you have an exquisite speaking voice! Hope you have a great weekend!

Aug 20, 2011 03:13 AM #26
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Rebekah, high praise from you  - thanks so much. I can hardly wait to see what you're working on...no doubt it will raise the bar.

John, I appreciate the new subscription and shall return the favor in kind. I'll be over to visit you soon...glad you understand the grave situation regarding our world's butterflies.

Aug 20, 2011 03:21 AM #27
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Toni, thanks so very much, I know that John #26 found it because of you - so thanks so very, very much. The butterflies are all aflutter with your support. :)


John, thanks so much for heading over from Toni's reblog - I appreciate it. Glad you're feeding the butterflies their nectar. And, yes bees and hummingbirds are also part of the equation - I'll likely do something about the bees and they too are disappearing.  I hope you too have a great weekend.

Aug 20, 2011 03:24 AM #28
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Debb, Thanks to Toni's re-blog I found your great post that helps to raise awareness about monarch butterflies.  Lovely creatures that make that long trek every year south. 

Good post.  Re-blogging and Suggesting.


Aug 20, 2011 03:35 AM #29
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Doug and Gloria,

 Thanks much for your support. Monarch, and all butterfly, populations are declining, year and after year. :( We need to act quickly to save our beautiful little flutter bugs. Debb

Aug 31, 2011 12:47 PM #30
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