Bring Back The Monarch Butterflies By Planting Milkweed In Your Garden.

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I love all butterfies, but the Monarch is my favorite. I am doing my part to keep them as part of our environment.

I grow Milkweed in my yard to give these butterflies a place to lay their eggs. Anyone can do this.

I hope after reading this article, you will join me and many others in helping to preserve the Monarch butterfly.

Monarchs Migrate To Central Mexico

Every year, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies – each so light that 50 together weigh barely an ounce – find their way on what may be the world’s longest insect migration, travelling the length of North America to pass the winter in central Mexico.

Some of these trees are literally covered with Monarchs! Can you imagine hearing all those delicate wings fluttering at once? That is a sight I would love to see!

This photo shows millions of Monarchs in a tree in central Mexico.

Monarchs overwintering Angangueo site in Mexico

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Monarch Butterflies Are In Danger!

The Monarchs are in danger. The Monarchs feed on a plant called Milkweed. Milkweed is a broad-leafed plant. The Monarchs need this plant to feed on and to lay their eggs. They cannot survive without this plant. Because of widespread use of herbicides used on farms and along highways to kill the weeds, Milkweed is being killed off.

Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed. Female monarchs lay eggs on milkweed. When they hatch, the larvae grow into caterpillars that feed on the milkweed’s leaves. Those leaves contain a poison that inoculates the monarchs from their predators. The caterpillars then form chrysalises and emerge as butterflies.

Spraying Crops Has Killed Off The Milkweed

The advent of genetically modified corn and soybean varieties that can withstand herbicides has added to the demise of the Monarch. Now farmers employ glyphosate herbicides that kill weeds with a vengeance. It’s had a huge impact on milkweed. Before all this spraying began Milkweed could grow among crops or at the edges of fields.

Crops can survive this spraying, but Milkweed cannot survive.

Most monarchs live only a little more than a month. But one generation each year lives seven or eight months, long enough to migrate to central Mexico before winter sets in, where the butterflies settle into a semi-dormant state, often clustering around the same trees as their forebears, perhaps drawn by chemical cues.

In the spring, the monarchs return to the north, where they lay eggs on milkweed, giving way to a new generation.

I Urge People To Plant Milkweed

People should be encouraged to plant Milkweed to serve as a stopping place for the butterflies as they migrate.

Our local, state and federal governments need to be urged to allow the Milkweed to grow undisturbed along highways instead of mowing it down, or worse: using herbicide on the weeds.

Buy Milkweed Plants Or Seed

You can purchase Milkweed plants or buy the seeds. The seeds come up rapidly and will produce many plants.

The Four Stages Of The Butterfly

In order to understand how this miracle of nature works, one should have a basic knowledge of the cycle of the Butterfly.


In the first stage, a mature butterfly lays her tiny, sticky egg on the leaf of a plant. The egg is sticky so it can’t fall off the leaf. If you can imagine, the egg is the size of the head of a straight pin . This egg will soon become a caterpillar. It is hard to imagine this green caterpillar with it’s brightly marked, bold pattern will soon become a butterfly! Some of these caterpillars can be up to six inches long. Not all caterpillars are butterfly larvae.


The Four Stages Are:


Egg

Caterpillar

Cocoon (Pupa)

Finally, the Butterfly emerges

My Method of Hatching Monarch Butterflies


This is the method I have used to study the Monarch butterfly:

  1. Use a stick and carefully remove a caterpillar from the plant.
  2. Place the caterpillar it in a glass jar that you have made holes in the top for air.
  3. Place some leaves of the same plant the caterpillar came from in the jar.
  4. Add a few drops of water.
  5. Every day, place fresh leaves and more water inside the jar.
  6. You will be able to observe the caterpillar weaving it’s delicate cocoon.
  7. Soon you will notice movement within the cocoon.
  8. In about two weeks, the butterfly will emerge from the cocoon.
  9. He has to have time to dry his wings.
  10. He is now ready to be released into the world!


This entire process usually takes two weeks, depending on the species of the Butterfly.

A Video Of A Monarch Emerging From The Chrysalis

Please take a minute and watch this video of a Monarch emerging from the Chrysalis. Listen to the to excitement of the children as they watch this miracle.

The Milkweed Plant

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Eggs From The Monarch And Some Caterpillars

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A Monarch Cocoon Hanging From The Plant

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A Monarch Has Emerged And Is Resting On The Milkweed Plant

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A Cocoon Is Placed Inside A Jar

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This Monarch Has Emerged And Is Drying His Wings On My Blue Orchid

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The Monarch Soon Flew Onto Another Plant

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Preservng The Monarch Is A Wonderful Project For Children

This is such a wonderful project to share with children. After taking my four children to a Butterfly Garden once, they wanted to know more about Butterflies.

They went to the library and got books on Butterflies and studied them.

Now, after being involved in this project, they have a complete understanding of the wonderful world of Butterflies.

It was very exciting to see this Monarch drying his wings on my Blue Orchid plant.

The experience of hatching out Monarch butterflies is very rewarding. I would encourage readers to go to your local plant nursery and buy some milkweed plants. If you cannot find them locally, they can be ordered from online plant nurseries.

It is very exciting and rewarding to see a fully developed beautiful Monarch butterfly released because of our action to save them.

Oh, and did you know: the Butterfly is classified as an INSECT??


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carol7777 2 years ago from Arizona

Hi Mary: I am hopping a bit on HP.though not writing here anymore. You have a great tutorial here and fabulous pictures..Will share around.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

There is a website that follows their migrations. I follow it all the time. We planted butterfly gardens at the last school I taught at, and the kids really got into it. Keep raising awareness, Mary. This is important.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Such an important cause. Thanks for sharing that information. I have many of these butterflies in my area so I will look into it; thank you Mary. ^


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Mary, this is an eye-opener of a hub. I did not know the beautiful Monarch butterflies are in danger. Yes, let's do our part to bring them back!

I will certainly purchase some milkweed plants and how fascinating indeed, not only for children to watch the process, but all.

I think I will purchase some books on butterflies for my grands and this is a wonderful project to undertake with my grandchildren. They will be in awe.

Your photos are gorgeous and useful. That video is really something to watch. I hope I get to watch that in person not too long from now.

Thank you for bringing awareness to this and providing a great solution. I do hope many hundreds of thousands participate in helping to preserve the Monarch.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Hope you are enjoying a lovely Mother's Day weekend.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Carol So nice to see you! Thanks for your interest in the Monarchs and thank for the share, I appreciate that.

My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Bill, Children are indeed fascinated by butterflies. My kids would now take their eyes off until the butterfly emerged!

Yes, if more people would plant milkweed!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jackie. If you already have Monarchs where you live, I hope you'll get some milkweed for them to feed on an lay their eggs.

You would enjoy seeing first hand how they develop. Regards, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Faith. I could not take my eyes off that video: how marvelous it is, and I loved to hear the child's voice in the background!

I do hope you will get some milkweed, and share this wonderful experience with your grandchildren. They will never forget it; neither will you.

Thanks so much for helping me spread the word on how we can help to save the Monarchs.

Happy Mother's Day to you, Mary


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I really like monarchs too. I'm pinning this to my Monarch Butterfly board.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

What a wonderful article Mary! I grew up in Pacific Grove and there are so many fewer Monarchs there now---


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi ologsinquito I'm glad you like the Monarch butterfly. I just think they are so beautiful in their coloring.

Thanks for the Pin, I appreciate that. Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Audrey, Thank you for your nice compliment on my Hub! Yes, there are fewer Monarchs everywhere now because they have no milkweed to feed on. That is why I am encouraging people to plant milkweed.

So nice to see you, Mary


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

My grandson Max will love this. He loves creatures, great and small. How interesting about the milkweed as their place to lay eggs. Is it the only plant they use?

I think I will get some milkweed and start planting. Thank you for this wonderful hub.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Mary, this is a very interesting hub with beautiful photos. I am very impressed with your project to help save the beautiful Monarchs -- this is very admirable and such a great idea. I have often been to Pacific Grove in Monterey, California where the Monarchs winter over on the Cypress trees. Unfortunately, I have never seen the Monarchs during the time they are there, October to February. The Lone Cypress, standing out on a point of land that juts out into the ocean, is absolutely covered with Monarchs in the winter months, attracting thousands of tourists. I so regret not ever being able to see them when I lived in California about an hour and a half drive away.

I would love to read the book "Four Wings and a Prayer", a 38-year effort of Canadian entomologists, Fred and Norma Urquhart on the Monarch butterfly and their annual migration. Have you read that book? I must get it.

Thank you for such a wonderful hub. Voted way up and shared.


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Debby Bruck 2 years ago

Really well done article. The photographs were excellent and of course, the topic most important in our day and age. I have written extensively about saving the butterflies and their special energy on the planet.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, lambservant I do hope you will share this project with your grandson. Yes, milkweed is the only source of food for the Monarch. If you can't find the plant at your local nursery, they can be ordered online. Also, the seeds are very easy to grow into a plant.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Phyllis Oh, I would love to see millions of Monarchs in a tree. I didn't realize they wintered in Calif. I only knew of central Mexico.

I will get the book you mentioned, thanks.

Thanks for the nice compliment, the votes and the share, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Debby, so nice to meet someone else who loves the butterfly! They do have a special energy: I read somewhere (not sure where, now) the action of their wings can cause a hurricane to form.

I am hoping more people will obtain Milkweed to feed these beautiful insects.

My best, Mary


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

Awesome article about preserving the Monarch, Mary! Since I own all of the land around my home, I'm considering planting a full plot of milkweed simply to see how many cocoons form on the stalks.

Voted up, of course!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Oh, Randy, what good news!! You will be amazed at how fast the Monarch will eat those Milkweed leaves! Just watching them form their cocoons on the plants will keep you busy. After you have some cocoons, bring one or two inside and place in a jar as I described. You can watch it become a butterfly! It is just so rewarding.

If I had the land, I would plant milkweed seeds all over the place!

Let me know how your venture progresses, Mary


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

I remember doing that with a cocoon as a child, Mary. Perhaps I'll watch the metamorphosis closer this time around.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

What a lovely article about Monarch butterflies. Because you wrote it from your own experience, it was easier to appreciate and to feel involved in. It reminded me of a silkworm that I kept as a pet when I lived in Hong Kong. I will definitely see if milkweed plants can grow in the Philippines, as my compost has grown quite large and now seems ready for seeds. Breeding these lovely butterflies would be a lovely experience. The video was also very well chosen and added to the fascination of the chrysalis stage of a butterfly. Voted up and all else.


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Impressive hub about this beautiful butterfly - I hope the word spreads and the Monarch is spared. Incidentally, I thought the other day how few butterflies we see these days. I think the Monarch is rare here in my State of Victoria. However, I'll find out what plants might help other species here. Thanks for this.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, grand old lady, Thank you very much for your nice compliment! Oh, I can't imagine having a silkworm as a pet.....I certainly think Milkweed would grow in the Philippines.

I am a composter, too, and have been for years.

You would certainly enjoy preserving the Monarchs by planting some Milkweed, and helping to preserve them.

I'm glad you liked the video!

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, travmaj, Yes, I am trying to spread the word to help bring back the Monarchs.

Thank you so much for your interest in helping the butterflies. I'm sure you have other species than the Monarch; they need your help, too.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Mary, this is beautiful! I love watching the Monarch butterflys on tv, especially when they are covered all over the trees then they suddenly open their wings, and take off! its so amazing! loved the video too, wonderful!


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Very interesting! What a great and valuable lesson. I had no idea. Interestingly, we are planning to visit a butterfly garden next week. Now I am looking forward to it even more! Thank you for this beautiful, informative hub!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Nell Rose,

Thanks for the lovely compliment on my Hub. I wish I could see a tree covered in Monarchs: what a thrill that must be!

I'm glad you liked the video. I was spellbound watching the Monarch break through!

So good to see you, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, btrbell How wonderful you read my Hub before going to the butterfly garden. Most gardens have exhibits showing the complete cycle of the butterfly; you will enjoy that.

Thanks so much for the lovely compliment on my Hub. Mary


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Thanks for this very informative and inspiring article.i will share it around and look for a milkweet plant myself, having learned something important. I,m sure we have them in South Africa, Cape town


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nadine, I'm excited that you will get some Milkweed for the Monarchs! If you can't find the plants locally, you can order them off the internet, or just get some seeds and plant them.

They are a hardy plant and easily grown from seeds.

Thank you for your interest in preserving the beautiful Monarch, Mary


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Great article, information and video's and pictures. I see a Monarch every now and again up here in these woods. We have natural milkweed and other plants here in the woods on the mountains but I am not sure about the valleys as they house the cows, horses and other farms.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Monday morning to you, Lady Guinevere!

If you have Milkweed where you live, I'm sure the Monarchs love feasting on them. We don't grow wild Milkweed where I live, so I have to furnish it for the Monarchs.

So nice to see you, Mary


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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

Wow!!! These are beautiful insects and you've done a wonderful job preserving them. Great share, and more photos, please, when they come around!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi midget So good to see you! Yes, I like to know I'm doing my part in preserving the beautiful Monarch.

Oh, yes, when they come back, I'll be growing more Milkweed for them to feast on.

Thanks for reading and commenting, My best to you, Mary


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Mary, I just saw a monarch last week - they are so beautiful. You probably know this, but there is a lovely natural museum/zoo here in South Florida: Butterfly World. I love visiting it during early spring and late winter when they are at their best performance. I do have a butterfly bush in my backyard for this purpose. Thank you for bringing this important issue to our awareness.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi teaches12345 Oh, how exciting to see a Monarch! I hope you will get a Milkweed plant for them to feed on and lay their eggs.

Yes, I have taken the children to that Butterfly World; wonderful place to observe the butterflies.

Thanks for reading and trying to help preserve the Monarchs, Mary


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

What an enchanting experience you've had with these butterflies. Their migration in swarms is always fascinating to read about and I guess that's one of the reasons people like them so much. Enjoyed and pinned!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great information about the Monarch butterfly, it is sad that they are becoming endangered. They look beautiful! The photos are great. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Writer Fox. Oh yes, this has become a hobby of mine. I just keep buying more Milkweed in order to produce more Monarchs. It doesn't take long for a Monarch to strip all the leaves from a plant to feed on and to lay their eggs.

Yes, I think everyone loves Butterflies of all kind. Thanks for reading, commenting and for the PIN. My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Vellur. Good to see you! Yes, herbicides are responsible for killing not only the Monarchs, but bees and frogs, too! If we don't take action to preserve the Monarchs, they will become extinct, I'm afraid.

Thanks for reading and for the share, Mary


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is beautiful and very educational. I had no idea. Pinning this to spread the word!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,FlourishAnyway. I'm so happy you found my Hub to be educational. I am doing my part to preserve these beautiful insects. Thank you so much for the Pin to help spread the word.

Goodnight, Mary


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Mary: I love this hub! I agree with you that we should plant milkweed plants and aid in producing more monarch butterflies. They are do beautiful and a miracle of life. Thanks for all your duggestuons and tips. I now know what to do with my bare space in my garden- milkweed plants. Isn't their journey to Mexico amazing. I will add this as a link to my butterfly hub if you don't mind.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi suzettenaples. I'm so happy you love my Hub! You just made my day. I'm glad you will plant Milkweed to help the Monarchs feed and lay their eggs. Yes they are amazing how they make that long migration to Mexico.

I would be happy to have this Hub linked to your great Hub about the Monarchs, and I will do the same because they compliment each other.

Many thanks, Mary


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for bringing awareness to the plight of the monarch butterflies Mary. We used to have lots of wild milkweed plants in the fields around our home in Wisconsin when I was a child. I still see the monarchs passing through Houston on their way to Mexico each year and they do seem to enjoy the flowers in our yard as do other butterflies.

Up votes and will tweet, pin and share this hub of yours. Enjoyed your photos!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy, yes, I am trying to make more people aware of how we can do our part in preserving the beautiful Monarch.

Thank you so in helping spread the word by your shares, I appreciate that so much.

My best, Mary


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Thank you thank you thank you for doing this, Mary, and for sharing your secrets as to how you do it.

They are breathtaking every time I see one...the other day I saw ONE, just one, and would love to see more.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps Voted up


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, pstraubie49 I'm so happy you enjoy the butterflies, too. They are such a gift for us to enjoy their beauty.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Beautiful hub! I love the photos. Worthy of Hub of the Day! I rarely see any kind of butterfly. Wish I did! They're so beautiful!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Victoria Lynn. Well, you just made my day with your lovely compliment!

I'll bet if you planted some Milkweed, soon you would see some Monarchs feasting on the leaves! Either buy a plant or just sow some seeds. The plant is SO easy to grow, and the Monarchs will love you for it.

Thank you for your interest in the beautiful Monarchs, Mary


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EZ Swim Fitness 2 years ago from Southern Wisconsin

My best friend told me about this - what a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

Planting for the future is much preferred over flowers and food for ourselves. Monarch butterflies are a future that enriches the experience for our children.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, EZ Swim Fitness I have enjoyed this hobby so much, and it is a very rewarding hobby. My kids and grandkids love to see the Monarchs hatch out, dry their wings, and fly away.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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ajwrites57 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

What an amazing Hub mary615! Beautiful!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, ajwrites57 Why, thank you very much for the nice compliment. I appreciate your nice comment, Mary


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing the information about how to help monarch butterflies and for encouraging us to do so, Mary. Your message is important! I love the photos, too.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Alicia. Thanks so much for the nice compliment. It was fun taking photos as the butterflies progressed. I enjoy this hobby very much. Just yesterday, I saw 10 Monarchs emerge; what a thrill!


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Some of my favorite photos from my travels are close-up shots of butterflies, and I have this one stunner with a monarch. They are so majestic


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Pawpawwrites 2 years ago from Kansas

I will have to give this a try. We have had Monarchs on our flowers for a month or so. The annual migration will pick up soon.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, DealForALiving, I'm happy you share your love of the butterfly with me! I love them all, but I'm partial to the Monarch.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Pawpawwrites, Oh, yes, I hope you will get some Milkweed plants so the Monarchs will have a place to feed and lay their eggs.

They will be so grateful, Mary


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Mary,

What an excellent article. You've convinced me to plant some milkweed to help these beautiful insects increase their numbers. Our local newspaper recently ran a story about how much their numbers are down.

About 10 years ago I was in South Carolina and walked past a few shrubs not realizing they were full of butterflies. I was delighted when hundreds flew out of the shrubs all at once, surrounding me with their stunning beauty!

Voting this hub up across the board and sharing on FB and HP.

Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend,

Hugs,

Gail


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Gail. So good to see you! I am so happy you are going to plant Milkweed for the Monarchs to feed on and lay their eggs.

What a thrill that must have been to see all those butterflies!

Thank you so much for your interest in the Monarchs, the votes and the shares.

Hope you have a lovely Labor Day, too. Mary


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crazyhorsesghost 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

Very nice Hub Page on one of my favorite subjects. I have done a Hub Page on Saving The Monarch Butterfly also. They will quickly vanish from the earth if we don't try to help them. They are so beautiful. Plant a plant called Butterfly Bush and you will be rewarded greatly if you like watching them. I have the Butterfly Bush planted just outside two of my windows.


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Nancy Owens 2 years ago from USA

Your milkweed looks different that what we call milkweed here where I live. I will have to check into the kind you have.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It's good to know a way to attract these beauties! Mary, your photos are simply amazing! Shared!


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cloverleaffarm 2 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Great hub. I have lots of milkweed and leave it for the butterflies and pollinators. :)


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, crazyhorsesghost I remember your excellent Hub on the Monarchs. I read and commented on it before. I wonder if the Monarch will lay their eggs on the Butterfly Bush??

Thanks for reading my Hub about the Monarchs, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nancy. I've only seen this one type of Milkweed plant, but there may be others that I don't know about.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, rebeccamealey I'm so glad you enjoyed my Hub and the photos I took of our experience in hatching out Monarchs.

Thanks so much for reading, and the share, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, cloverleaffarm I'm glad to learn you also grow Milkweed for these beautiful Monarchs. Without Milkweed, they will cease to exist.

My best, Mary


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Mary, and thank you for this wonderful hub! I like your idea of helping observe a caterpillar in a place where it is fed and safe, and keeping it until it can be released. I don't know if I could ever do this, because I would be nervous of messing something up! Still, one year we had so many birds getting to the cocoons before the butterflies emerged, it just broke my heart! Those butterflies would have had a chance if I had thought to maybe do what you suggested.

Thanks for the beautiful photos and encouragement of people to plant butterfly milkweed, or swamp milkweed! I love that you love the monarchs so much! :) Voted up and across except funny.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, oceansnsunsets Actually , they are quite tough! We had a problem with flies eating the eggs until we learned to bring them into the screened in porch until they had a chance to hatch out into the Monarch butterfly.

This has become a hobby of mine, and I do enjoy it.

Thanks so much for the nice comment, and the votes, too. My best, Mary


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

I was thinking that you can never have too many butterflies until I saw a tree full of them. Well, I think I might like a butterfly garden anyway.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, poetryman6969 I agree; you can never have too many butterflies! I love them all, but the Monarch butterfly is my very favorite, and I'd like to save them from extinction. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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sgbrown 21 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wonderful hub, Mary! I'm glad to see that there are so many people who are happy to help these beautiful butterflies. I am going to try to do what you have done here and let Jazzy watch a butterfly emerge. I think she would love it!


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, sgbrown I'm so happy you found my Hub about the Monarchs! You and I are certainly doing our part to preserve these beautiful butterflies. Yes, it is a real thrill when you see a butterfly emerge, dry off, and then fly away. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida

O I must plant some milkweed for sure. I have many many butterflies this summer...tiger striped, Monarch, and some white ones...I am not sure of their name. I honestly can sit and watch them for hours. They are so fascinating.

Thanks for sharing this information with us Mary.

I hope all is well with you and your precious pup.

Angels are on the way to south Florida at this moment. ps

Voted up++++


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida Author

pstraubie48, good morning! You will certainly have more Monarchs if you plant Milkweed. That is their only source of food, and so much pesticide is being used now those plants are being destroyed. I try and keep Milkweed going all the time just for them.

Thanks for remembering my little dog, Baby. She is complete blind now from Glaucoma, so we both have had a lot of adjusting to do. She is a real trouper, though.

Thanks for your angels, I can always use them, Mary

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