Day 104: Milkweed is Important

Common Milkweed

“Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are the required host plants for caterpillars of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and thus play a critical role in the monarch’s life cycle. The loss of milkweed plants in the monarch’s spring and summer breeding areas across the United States is believed to be a significant factor contributing to the reduced number of monarchs recorded in overwintering sites in California and Mexico. Agricultural intensification, development of rural lands, and the use of mowing and herbicides to control roadside vegetation have all reduced the abundance of milkweeds in the landscape.” (To read more about milkweeds click here)

28 thoughts on “Day 104: Milkweed is Important

  1. I went to the nursery a couple of months ago to buy a pot of milkweed for my deck. The salesperson there told me they were out of stock as so many people are buying milkweed plants now and they take a while to grow…. good to know there are a lot of butterfly lovers out there!

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  2. In Australia we are huge users of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.” Weeds”, insects and fungi
    develop resistance and even stronger poisons are unleased by Monsanto and the likes. Terrible!

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  3. A beautiful little flower and so important, its good to know that there is much being done to help produce more seeds to help bring back the numbers of the Monarchs – what a shame to lose either one, or worse both!

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