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I have had partial success in a personal project to grow milkweed plants in order to support the conditions for encouraging Monarch butterflies. In their life cycle these butterflies lay their eggs and the larvae feed exclusively on this plant. I brought home seeds two autumns ago from two spots in Ontario where it is considered a weed.

 

Here are a couple of larvae munching away on the leaves.

 

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I have had partial success in a personal project to grow milkweed plants in order to support the conditions for encouraging Monarch butterflies. In their life cycle these butterflies lay their eggs and the larvae feed exclusively on this plant. I brought home seeds two autumns ago from two spots in Ontario where it is considered a weed.

 

Here are a couple of larvae munching away on the leaves.

 

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comments (18)

Magnifiques couleurs.
Care MacADNski: They are striking but hard to see.
that is an interesting project. did you also have to do something to procure the larvae, Mary.
Care MacADNski: Monarch butterflies laid the eggs on the milkweed.
Great close ups Mary. A commendable project also.
Care MacADNski: Thank you, Frank.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Oct 2019, 06:10
Hopefully you will be rewarded in due course Mary
Care MacADNski: I was unsuccessful in finding a cocoon after the hurricane but next year...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Oct 2019, 06:39
As striking as the butterfly itself. Are these feeding on your own milkweed plants, Mary?
Care MacADNski: Yes, I planted the seeds in the spring of ‘18.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Oct 2019, 07:37
Looks like you ha e done a good job.
Care MacADNski: I was not successful in seeing a cocoon after Dorian.
  • Astrid
  • Hollandshire.....
  • 7 Oct 2019, 07:38
This is very special, Mary and I like both the pictures. However for me it is very special to see the coloured one. I have some seeds from milkweed I took last year from Michigan, I might give it a try on the balcony....
Care MacADNski: It took two years to mature enough for flowers and spreads like a weed. I have arranged to give lots away in the spring and get it out of my veg garden.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Oct 2019, 07:53
I can recall being in a place in California which was a prime location for Monarch butterflies on their mif=gration from Mexico. The larvae is quite striking.
Care MacADNski: I have seen specials on the Mexico part. In the southern most point in Canada, Point Pelee, there is a huge gathering before the trip too.
This is an eye catching picture, Mary! Love the B&W smile
Care MacADNski: I took lots of photos, as you can imagine.
Very good close up Mary. It seems whatever Maureen grows we can't attract butterflies to our garden these days.
Care MacADNski: I have had plenty too but did not see cocoons from this larvae.
It's amazing how they can hang on to the underside of a plant like that, Mary. Suction feet?
Care MacADNski: Oh yes. So interesting to watch. They never stop munching!
A successful venture Mary. Well done
Care MacADNski: The plants were successful but after Hurricane Dorian, I didn’t,t see a caterpillar or cocoon.
I must say that I absolutely love these beauties in color, Mary, because that's how I know them. smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Oct 2019, 16:32
What great images - the impact of the black and white one is very impressive.
Good for you, Mary!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 8 Oct 2019, 17:49
whoa, this is amazing
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Oct 2019, 22:36
Excellent!
Lovely shots - I'm so proud of you for growing Milkweeds for Monarchs!
What pretty music!

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