I have been raising different species of milkweeds for years, as well as other nectar plants. I usually don’t see many or any monarch caterpillars. Well, until this year. I have several monarch caterpillars right now. Yay! My husband is an entomologist, and when we bought our little farm, we planted many plants for butterflies, both nectar plants and larval food plants. Our neighbors think it is a weed patch!
Carie in Illinois
> On Jul 25, 2015, at 2:24 PM, Kathleen Garness <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I've had milkweed in my yard for years and have been raising any eggs I find to adulthood, but it was only this past year when I started planting native nectar plants such as Joe Pye Weed, coneflowers and asters that I've been seeing them stay around, nectar and lay eggs. : ) (each region of course is different in its native plant range) Yes! Plant Milkweed for the monarchs! Also plant native nectar plants (please verify they haven't been treated with neonic insecticides though!).
> Kathy G
> Forest Park IL
> On Jul 25, 2015, at 11:11 AM, duboisworks wrote:
>> Dear members: I've recently learned that the Monarch butterflies are also disappearing and one of the major reasons is that there is no longer ample supply of their only food supply the Milkweed.
>> You can obtain Milkweed seeds suited to your geographic area via livemonarch.com for about $4.
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