An Amazing Story of Migration

Monarchs love liatitis (blazing star)
Monarchs love Liatris (blazing star). They need nectar sources as they migrate
Monarch eggs hatch into caterpillars
Monarch eggs hatch into caterpillars, then into a chrysalis. 3 or 4 times in a summer this happens!
chrysallis turns into a monarch
chrysalis turns into a monarch butterfly. 3 or 4 times as they come north.

When I learned about native plants and pollinators my gardening focus completely changed. By planting milkweed, liatris, purple cone flowers and many others, the butterflies, and other pollinators come to my yard giving us enormous enjoyment, but now in September these incredible monarchs start their journey to Mexico. These butterflies are the 4th generation of the monarchs(Their great-grand parents) that traveled south last fall.
Fascinating things I have just learned about monarch butterflies:
** These August/September monarchs are the longest lived, Maybe living 6 to 9 months. They do not lay eggs until early next spring when they have returned to Texas from Mexico
** They can fly 265 miles a day to their resting winter ground in Mexico, about 2500 miles.
** After resting for a few months they head back from Mexico to Texas where they finally lay their eggs on milkweed, and the next generation begins. Each new crop of monarchs lays eggs and continues the migration back to Missouri/Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa and Canada.

All the chemicals we use have destroyed monarch habitat! What are you doing to make sure they survive?

http://features.newsy.com/saving-the-migration/watch/

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/index.html

http://www.cablemuseum.org

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