|I've been growing milkweed and serving as a backyard nursery for wild migrating monarchs for the past several years. This was one of 2013's newborns, a male. You can see his busted cocoon under the fence rail he's clinging to. Hard to believe that whole creature was stuffed inside that tiny capsule just moments before.|
|For the past two years, I watched hordes of caterpillars devour everything I could throw at them in the way of their milkweed dietary staple. This is also a photo from April 2013.|
polar vortex thing that happened this winter.
Anyway, it's a conspiracy of weather and habitat circumstances that is apparently intensifying their decline, but ordinary suburbanites have the option of making a low-effort contribution to help offset those losses.
|I used the term "backyard nursery" above, but in the accepted lingo of monarch enthusiasts, the term is "monarch waystation". But you don't have to get as fancy as officially registering your site - you could just plant milkweed and flowering plants in your yard. If you plant it, they will come. For as long as they are not extinct, at least. |
Sign photo courtesy of the Monarch Watch website.
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