Why It Is So Important To Grow Milkweed In Our Yards

In recent years the Monarch population has declined drastically. Due to constructions, herbicides and environmental changes, it’s difficult for the Monarch butterfly to find milkweed. On its migration from Mexico to Canada (in Spring) and Canada to Mexico (in Autumn), this butterfly relies on this precious food resource. The Monarch lays its eggs on the milkweed. Once hatched, the caterpillars feed of the milkweed to get big, turn into pupa (chrysalis), before they become a butterflies.

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Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

If we don’t act fast, the Monarch migration could collapse within the next two decades. It is encouraged to plant more milkweed to protect the butterfly from going extinct.