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01 Apr

Of course, the answer is YES because that is how they are programmed.   One of nature’s most incredible miracles is the migration of monarch butterflies.  They fly as many as 3,500 miles from forests in Canada and the United States to mountain forests in central Mexico.  They begin their migration in August.   During March, they fly north, lay their eggs on milkweed plants, and die. 

Simple life?  Hardly!  Besides their beauty, these vividly colored fliers are also vital plant pollinators.  While they flit about our gardens, they collect pollen and deposit it on other plants.  Much of our food requires pollination or it will not produce.  But in the past two decades, monarch numbers have plummeted by more than 80%, estimated to be about 900 million!  What happens in the next 20 years depends very much on us. 

The major problem is this.  The host food plant (milkweed) for butterfly caterpillars has been destroyed due to herbicide use in agricultural practices by humans.  WE are the ones who have to be re-programmed to provide the necessary milkweed monarch’s need so that our crops and flowers can continue to produce. 

How can I help, you wonder?  Watch for my next blog, “Managing Milkweed” in a few days.  And be sure to share this Blog with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter using icons below!  I’d love to have you share your comments  below as well!  Together, we can make a difference for the monarch’s. 

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”  John Muir

 

 

 

 


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