Monarch Butterflies are the King and Queen of the butterfly world. They are the most recognized of all North American Butterflies. They are studied, they are observed and they are cherished. They are our garden royalty.
|A hungry, hungry caterpillars.
It's no wonder they are so highly regarded. They are astonishing creatures. They have an incredible journey from tiny little egg, to tiny little instar caterpillar, to a bigger caterpillar, that finally develops a chrysalis and then pupates into a gorgeous butterfly. In just a few weeks.
here to see their progress north.
Today, I'm celebrating this incredible butterfly's return to my garden....and, if I am really lucky, he found a mate and she'll lay another generation of eggs on the Asclepias incarnata that was planted just for them!
In the meantime, isn't it grand that the Asclepias tuberosa is blooming and they can nectar to their little butterfly hearts content.
PS. Do I need to say it! Okay, I will~If you want Monarch Butterfly and Monarch caterpillars (and all the other pollinators) to make a home in your garden, you must never, ever, ever, ever use pesticides.
This post is also part of a series on native pollinators in the garden~ Earlier posts and their links are listed below for your convenience.
Part I~Now Is The Time To Bee-gin Thinking About Bees ( here)
This Is The Place To Bee ( here)
If You Could Plant Only One Plant In Your Garden~Don't (here)
Must Bee The Season of The Witch (here)
Go Bare In Your Garden (here)
We can't All be pretty Pollinators (here)
Eye, Eye Skipper, Big Eyed Pollinators (here)
What's In Your Garden (here)
Carpenter Bees (here)
It's Spring and A Gardener's Thoughts Are On Pollinators (here)
The Wildflower and The Bee (here)
A Few Good Reasons To Plant Milkweek (here)
Got Shade? You Can Have Pollinators (here)
Other bee posts you might want to read~
Count Yourself Lucky To Have Hoverflies (here)
Bumblebee Hotel (here)
Still Taking Care Of Bzzness (here)
My Sweet Embraceable You (here)
Bee clip art (here)
This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011.This work protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.