What We Did for Earth Day!
Saturday, May 04, 2019
I am very excited. I love butterflies, and my sis and I went to a nice gardening store to get a butterfly bush plus the little flowering plants that the employee (who was very helpful) said would be the food for the butterflies.
I took a pic of both the purple flowering butterfly bush, which will grow to be six feet tall, and a pic of the pretty little plants whose flowers and leaves are totally gone. The caterpillars on the plant are fat and juicy.
I don't know what type of butterflies the caterpillars will become, but we will wait to see!
Betty Jo (BKOIVIS) stated the little plant was milkweed. Here is the link for a great article about what we need to do to increase the monarch butterfly population. In short, plant more milkweed!
Quoted in part: "...last year UNESCO conducted a site visit to the Monarch Biosphere reserve and determined that “loss of breeding habitat (milkweed host plants) in the United States of America” was a prominent threat to the reserve and the international body encouraged Mexico to continue its cooperation with the US and Canada “to minimize the loss and to restore the range of native milkweed species in the United States of America.” This is welcome news and exactly what our petition was designed to do—to draw international attention to the decline of monarch butterflies and spur action towards their recovery. However, all of the actions from UNESCO thus far have been directed at Mexico as the host of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve World Heritage Site, rather than the United States which is responsible for much of the decline of butterflies."