monarch_butterflyHost Plants for Butterflies…I should clarify…those are the plants that the adult butterfly lays her eggs on so that the larvae (baby caterpillars) have food to eat when they hatch from the egg. As the caterpillar grows, it sheds its skin 3 or 4 times and then builds a chrysalis which is the final stage of becoming a butterfly.

Some butterfly larvae will only eat a certain kind of plant. That is why milkweeds are so important to Monarch butterflies.  The spraying of ditches and the farming out to the edge of fields and the housing developments have all played a large role in the die off of Monarchs.

Milkweeds are the true host plants for the Monarch Butterfly. Milkweeds are invasive, that is true…they can be controlled with little effort…and the joy of seeing your garden filled with butterflies is well worth the small effort to contain them.

Save the Monarchs!




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