Easiest job I ever had — participating in the Georgia pollinator count last weekend. Butterfly total = zero. (Haven’t seen a butterfly or dragonfly — both previously common — in my home garden all summer, although there have been a small number of bees and a random hummingbird.)
My friend Richard Luftig was right. Note: that link is from 4 years ago. (Additional note: I used to leave those nets out for children passing my garden to use. I haven’t put one out in years.) (The drop-off coincided with when mass mosquito-spraying started.) These are the facts.
UPDATE: September 10, 2019. I just saw a Gulf Fritillary butterfly, with its orange wings and its three white dots. There is still hope.