Monday, June 24, 2019

Helping the Monarch Butterfly

Pollinator Plants

Creating Your Monarch Butterfly Rest Stop: In  an article (“Monarch butterflies are dying out. Here’s how cities can help;” June 20, 2019) for National Geographic , Stephen Leahy writes: “To help protect migrating monarch butterflies, U.S. citizens are using a simple yet powerful tool: gardening. Gardens full of milkweed and nectar plants can serve both as rest stops for adult monarchs and as nurseries for their eggs.” We, my youngest son and I, planted milkweed seeds (genus Asclepias) in our backyard a few weeks ago towards this effort to help the monarchs (Danaus plexippus). Let’s hope that this comes to fruition. I shall report on any results, including on any sightings of the monarch butterfly. So far, I have seen only one this year, but not in my backyard.