Well, it was very interesting to check out the monarch health website...I have a "hypothesis" so to speak, that I'd like an opinion on regarding the OE incidence after checking out the link http://blackbear.ecology.uga.edu/altize ... /index.htm
The link shows a map with an OE incidence of <8% in the largest portions of the US, but around 85%!!! for the tip of Florida. I am suspecting that all the problems I am experiencing this year might be related to FLA butterflies that were purchased for a release in my town (I know for sure they were from FLA because it was in a news article). It was a very nice idea, children who were in a grief support group each got to release one at a gathering at our town gazebo, but isn't there a way we can ban shipments from FLA if they have this problem, or at least a high liklihood of it? I would think there would be certain regulations after some of the other problems we've had of spreading of illnesses and also other pests (such as ash borer that our area is dealing with and asking no wood be transported to other counties) or even weed problems that have crossed state borders, etc. Under the circumstances, wouldn't it be wise to try to keep the FLA butterflies in FLA, or at least not contribute knowingly to their "spread" to other areas? Jim and other gurus, what do you think? (Also, if you are able and prefer to move this to another forum, feel free...I put it here just because this is where I found the link on OE info) ....."OHmama" for short!