Royal Visitor to the Coneflowers!
I read a very informative article, by a most knowledgeable man, about a species, the habitat of which is endangered in many parts of the world. I never thought about insects becoming threatened with extinction, but losing the incredible Monarch butterfly? Well that got my attention. Everyone loves them, you can't help it, they are so richly colored and their lives are such a miraculous journey. We need to make sure they are preserved and you can help...
Monarch caterpillars require a specific food, milkweed in fact. This is the only plant that Monarchs can successfully lay their eggs and that the caterpillars can feed. Apparently milkweed is becoming a scarce commodity in parts of the world and the existence of the Monarchs is being threatened.
Milkweed, The Monarchs Royal Throne!
I for one find much joy in watching the Monarch butterflies flit happily about my garden, sipping liberally from my coneflowers. My coneflowers will do them no good if they have nowhere to lay their eggs. This spring I mean to do something about it, plant milkweed in my garden, you should too, if you can.
For more information, great photos, and a better rundown of what is happening to the Monarch Butterflies, check out this eye opening article by Bard of Ely. I hope it moves you to find a way to help. Spread the word or plant some milkweed. Heck do both and help these lovely creatures.Read more!