milkweed for monarchs

One of the most amazing migrations on earth is the migration of the monarch butterfly from as far as Canada to Mexico. Of course, our modern ways are destroying the plants needed to sustain the butterfly. Our penchant for manicured lawns along with our slash and burn attitude boosted by herbicides and pesticides and the greedy taking of trees in Mexico will probably put an end to this amazing and magical migration. McMansions win! Monarchs lose!

Here’s a story from the NYTimes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03butter.html?ref=science

So, I encourage my messy stands of milkweed, joe pye weed, fennel and butterfly bush. My neighbors might not be pleased, but my butterflies (and bees) are happy.

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