Save the milkweed for Monarch butterflies!

Butterflies and bees need our help. Milkweed is one way to help the butterflies.

HOLLY RECOMMENDS

You may have heard that there has been a drastic decline in the number of monarch butterflies in recent years. A key reason for this is because of a decline in milkweed, mainly from the ill effects of pesticides. According the website http://www.monarchjointventure.org, “Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs.”

A couple of years ago some milkweed plants accidentally found their way into my flowerbed. I left them alone, and more came up last year. This spring they’ve gone crazy. Monarchs really do love them. A rare site to me for years, I now see them each summer, hanging out in my yard, thanks to these plants.

Weed your garden wisely. Save the milkweed for monarchs. Graphic by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Feel free to spread the word to save monarch butterflies. Weed your garden wisely. Save the milkweed for monarchs. Graphic by Holly Tierney-Bedord. Feel free to spread the word to save monarch butterflies.

If you’re unsure what milkweed looks like, here…

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