Common Milkweed Plants Needed To Sustain Monarch Butterfly Population

Common Milkweed Plants Needed To Sustain Monarch Butterfly Population

Efforts are being made to give all possible assistance to the Monarch butterfly to endure, flourish and revive, as the population of this migratory insect has been decreasing. There are several reasons behind their alleviating population, including various environmental aspects, use of weed sprays and chemicals, along with contracting forest region in Mexico where these butterflies spend their winters and alterations in weather trends.

After surviving their fall, migration leaves them tired and weak, the Monarch butterflies reach the mountains of Mexico for their winter hibernation. They further fight to live with the onset of winter storms and snow. These butterflies then move towards north as the spring arrives, while they do their first hatching in the south, primarily Texas.

The first butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants and due to previous droughts and fires in the south, their quantity has reduced. These eggs, when they become butterflies, they initiate the second migration leg towards Midwest and go farthest to north till Canada. Now is the time that they are starting to lay eggs under the tender new milkweed plants.


The population will seem to grow as the first and the next generation eggs hatch with the passing of summer. The first generation of Monarchs is the breeders, who have the responsibility to increase the population, while the last generation serves as the migrators. Thus, it is suggested to plant Common Milkweed Plants.

A report published in Whig revealed, "As it turned out, the monarch butterfly only softly fluttered its wings as McPike slide his right hand close to the black-eyed Susan. Eventually, after moving ever-so-slowly, McPike was able to get the butterfly on his index finger and lift it off the flower."

The United States Department of Agriculture announced this month it is launching a new conservation effort to help agricultural producers in Illinois and nine other states provide food and habitat for monarch butterflies. The effort is taking place across the Midwest and in the southern Great Plans as the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest $4 million in 2016 to help combat the iconic species' decline.

"These once-common butterflies are growing less familiar, and we know private lands will continue to play a crucial role in aiding the recovery of this species that serves as an indicator of ecosystem health," said Ivan Dozier, the Illinois state conservationist for the NRCS. "America's farmers and forest landowners are stewards of the land, and this effort will help them make voluntary improvements that benefit working lands and monarchs."

According to a story published on the topic by Green Bay Press Gazette, "Appleton’s Jack Voight started gardening at age 5, and he loves everything about the many annual and perennial flowers he planted and nurtured throughout his life."

Imagine that. Thirty years before, Voight’s land was just another cornfield. Then, through no master-gardening plan of his own, Voight, 70, and his wife, Marty, had themselves a native prairie. All they did was leave everything to the region’s birds and random winds.

“I knew my flowers, but I knew nothing about prairie plants back then,” Voight said. “I thought they were just weeds. But when I learned to identify native plants and their importance to butterflies, I got flipped. I decided we should create a butterfly nature preserve and community center so everyone could enjoy it.”


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