Holly Recommends…

Save the milkweed for Monarch butterflies!

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 are some samples at varying stages. Please share the important message with others to Save the Milkweed for Monarchs!

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Identifying milkweed. Milkweed in your garden attracts monarch butterflies! Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Advertisements
This entry was published on June 13, 2015 at 3:23 pm. It’s filed under Nature, the environment and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Save the milkweed for Monarch butterflies!

  1. I have seen these in our yard. I didn’t know these were milkweed!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on DesignHouse9 and commented:
    Butterflies and bees need our help. Milkweed is one way to help the butterflies.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Save the butterflies!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: