Monarchs-N-Milkweed - The Beauty and Grace of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
 
 
A site that is dedicated to the appreciation and awareness of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and its host plant, the milkweeds (Asclepias). 
 
 
Did you know?
 
  • The North American Monarchs migrate southward, as much as 2,500 miles or more, in the fall to overwintering sites to avoid certain death of freezing temperatures, a phenomenon not matched in the insect world.
  • West of the Rockies, they settle in southern California.
  • East of the Rockies, they settle in a small section of Oyamel forest in central Mexico.
  • These "long lived" migrants have the natural duty of beginning the spring re-population of the entire North American continent up to latitude 50°, the northern range of its host plant, the milkweeds.
  • Three generations are required to fully redistribute the Monarchs across the continent.
  • Along the way, they require nectar, but most importantly, they require milkweed, the only food  that their caterpillars can live on.
  • Numbers of Monarchs making it to Mexico are decreasing annually (subsequently, less are available to begin the journey north to re-populate).
  • Milkweeds are being mowed down all over the country by urban sprawl and community "beautification".
 
What can you do?
 
  • Grow plants rich in nectar to feed hungry breeding adult monarchs.
  • Plant milkweed, several of which are not aggressive spreaders.
  • Spread the word  for others to do the same.
  • Follow the links and resources provided to learn more about this natural phenomenon that is in danger of future collapse.
 
 
Slogan: "Plant a milkweed, host a monarch"
 
 
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