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Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:12:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Lucy Merrill-Hills <lucymerrill...>
Subject: Re: [MassLep] milkweed by any other name

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Hi Brian and all other butterfly lovers,


Here are my thoughts in answer to your proposal to change the name of Commo=
n Milkweed:


When I was growing up, my Mother taught me all the names of the native wild=
flowers, (which she did not refer to as weeds), as her Mother had taught he=
r. My Mother and late uncle each made a collection of local wildflowers, pr=
essing them into a notebook on one side of the page, with their common name=
s, Latin names, where and when they were found, and their bloom time. On th=
e opposite page, there is a paragraph or two describing the leaves, stem an=
d flowers, as well as uses for the plant. Common Milkweed was not one of he=
r local flowers, but seventy two other plants were. I have never associated=
the word "weed" with noxious, and think of Common Milkweed as a native pla=
nt, so I am okay with leaving the name as it is.


As far as answering the question about how I have contributed to the well-b=
eing of butterflies, here is my answer to that:


In the past dozen or so years, I have been trying to attract butterflies to=
my garden and to other gardens by planting a variety of plants attractive =
to bees and butterflies. My gardening views have changed dramatically in th=
e past few years of looking for butterflies, making me more aware of how im=
portant it is to have native plants for egg, larvae and butterfly needs. I =
planted several gardens at Boston Nature Center, and for the past three yea=
rs have been deadheading the Buddleia in their butterfly garden. I also lik=
e to photograph butterflies and post those photos on my Facebook page. Many=
of my friends ask questions about my butterfly posts, which I am happy to =
answer, as a way to educate people about butterflies.


Perhaps the Massachusetts Butterfly Club would consider working together on=
a conservation issue to help the butterflies of Massachusetts as next year=
s' project.


Lucy Merrill-Hills

Roslindale, Ma




> On September 13, 2017 at 6:58 PM brian cassie <cassieb...> wr=
ote:
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> Okay, peeps, I got it. It will take an effort and since that is somet=
hing you don't want to do, it's a bad idea, a joke, a waste of time. By the=
way, when did you (the people who have written me so far) do anything subs=
tantially beneficial for butterflies? Butterflies provide for your entertai=
nment. What the heck have you done for them? I invite everyone who reads th=
is post to answer here, not to my personal email, something they have done =
to help the butterflies of Massachusetts. Chasing after them doesn't count.
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> Brian Cassie, Foxboro
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</head><body><p>Hi Brian and all other butterfly lovers,</p><p><br></p><p>H=
ere are my thoughts in answer to your proposal to change the name of Common=
Milkweed:</p><p><br></p><p>When I was growing up, my Mother taught me all =
the names of the native wildflowers, (which she did not refer to as weeds),=
as her Mother had taught her. My Mother and late uncle each made a collect=
ion of local wildflowers, pressing them into a notebook on one side of the =
page, with their common names, Latin names, where and when they were found,=
and their bloom time. On the opposite page, there is a paragraph or two de=
scribing the leaves, stem and flowers, as well as uses for the plant. Commo=
n Milkweed was not one of her local flowers, but seventy two other plants w=
ere. I have never associated the word &#34;weed&#34; with noxious, and thin=
k of Common Milkweed as a native plant, so I am okay with leaving the name =
as it is.</p><p><br></p><p>As far as answering the question about how I hav=
e contributed to the well-being of butterflies, here is my answer to that:<=
/p><p><br></p><p>In the past dozen or so years, I have been trying to attra=
ct butterflies to my garden and to other gardens by planting a variety of p=
lants attractive to bees and butterflies. My gardening views have changed d=
ramatically in the past few years of looking for butterflies, making me mor=
e aware of how important it is to have native plants for egg, larvae and bu=
tterfly needs. I planted several gardens at Boston Nature Center, and for t=
he past three years have been deadheading the Buddleia in their butterfly g=
arden. I also like to photograph butterflies and post those photos on my Fa=
cebook page. Many of my friends ask questions about my butterfly posts, whi=
ch I am happy to answer, as a way to educate people about butterflies.</p><=
p><br></p><p>Perhaps the Massachusetts Butterfly Club would consider workin=
g together on a conservation issue to help the butterflies of Massachusetts=
as next years&#39; project.</p><p><br></p><p>Lucy Merrill-Hills</p><p>Rosl=
indale, Ma</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><blockquote type=3D"cite">On=
September 13, 2017 at 6:58 PM brian cassie &#60;<cassieb...>&#62=
; wrote:<br><br><div dir=3D"ltr">Okay, peeps, I got it. It will take an eff=
ort and since that is something you don&#39;t want to do, it&#39;s a bad id=
ea, a joke, a waste of time. By the way, when did you (the people who have =
written me so far) do anything substantially beneficial for butterflies? Bu=
tterflies provide for your entertainment. What the heck have you done for t=
hem? I invite everyone who reads this post to answer here, not to my person=
al email, something they have done to help the butterflies of Massachusetts=
. Chasing after them doesn&#39;t count.<div><br></div><div>Brian Cassie, Fo=
xboro</div></div><p>&#160;<br></p>-- <br> You received this message because=
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