Posted by: Pam, at RML | August 28, 2014

If you plant it, they will come.

Mamma Mia!

My milkweed plants are now home to a Monarch butterfly-in-the-making and I couldn’t be more amazed at Mother Nature! Be sure to check your milkweed — you probably have some fuzzy, black, yellow and white- striped visitors, too. Let me know if you have some.

I discovered these gorgeous caterpillars yesterday morning, munching on my 3 milkweed plants that I brought home from the Eco Tour earlier in the summer. Jenkins Arboretum donated almost 100 plants to the Library and Radnor Conservancy… and we handed them out to everyone who signed up for the tour.

I really had no idea how important milkweed is and how many insects depend on it. The Monarch butterflies must have the milkweed because they lay their eggs on it. The eggs hatch into caterpillars, and after the pupa stage, they become butterflies. Next summer I will be planting more milkweed now that I’m aware of the declining population of Monarchs. I figure they must be really desperate if they found my little garden in Ardmore and are clustered together, on just 3 plants.

It’s true!

Plant it and they will come.

 

See you at the Library,

Pam

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