During the day, a lot of “Flutter Wings” visit my garden at this time of the year. At sunset a Monarch Butterfly came over to get some nectar from the milkweed, before her journey will go all the way to Mexico. I hope, she laid some eggs as well.
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.
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.