Gardening · Nature

Bringing Back the Butterflies

These are the silky, white, feathery bits stuffed inside the milkweed pod with which I was gifted the other day. I have been hearing about the unfortunate destruction of a majority of the Monarch Butterfly’s egg-laying habitat. Many people are trying to “Bring back the Monarchs” by planting milkweed in their gardens.

Milkweed is the one and only place Monarchs lay their eggs. This is the only thing the larva eats as it evolves into a butterfly.

Planting it from a seed like this is a bit of a process, but it is a prolific plant, and once I have a few good, strong plants, they will take over the patch I have set aside for them over the next year or two.

These feathery bits normally would each have a brown seed attached to it, and would carry it on the wind to a new place where it will germinate. I’m just going to help it along a bit.

For more information, check out the organization’s website: Monarch Watch

 

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