Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monarch Laying Egg

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, and caterpillars only eat milkweed. But humans don’t seem to like milkweed very much and are cutting it down for various reasons. Sometimes humans cut down milkweed in order to build houses, buildings and streets. Sometimes the milkweed is cut down when trees are removed to harvest the wood. In recent years there have been a lot of wildfires that have destroyed a lot of milkweed. Humans cut milkweed down in their own yards because it doesn’t smell very good or they think it is a weed. But these humans don’t realize that monarch butterflies need the milkweed in order to survive, and the monarch butterfly population is dwindling.

The humans who do realize how much the monarch butterfly population is in danger because of the disappearing milkweed are doing something about it, and you can, too. These people are called conservationists. What they do is purchase some land or even set aside a piece of their own land, and they plant milkweed on the land as well as everything else that is needed for the monarch butterflies to live and grow in a natural habitat. You can help the monarch butterflies by asking your parents for a small portion of a back corner of your yard for a monarch butterfly conservation area. You can plant milkweed for the monarch butterflies, and perhaps a nice butterfly bush to attract the monarch butterflies to your conservation corner. Before you know it you will be hosting new generations of beautiful monarch butterflies every few months.

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Photographed by Craig on Milkweed.

Side Note: The yellow things are not eggs but Yellow Milkweed Aphids (learn more).


Gary said...

Wow Great Photo!! Boom and Gary

Country Mouse Studio said...

wonderful photo, I love the way the wings are

Gaelyn said...

And how about collecting eggs and caterpillars and raising butterflies to be tagged and released to help increase the population.

Nice capture Craig.

KaHolly said...

Craig, you've blown me away with this picture! Thanks for the info. ~karen

Ruth said...

Great capture,Craig.
I know that here the farmers don't like the milkweed,but it sure attracts the Monarchs.