EPISODE 421 MONARCH BUTTERFLIES….SPECIAL MILKWEED GARDEN…DIRE PREDICTION
sept. 2, 2021
Well, it’s that time of year again when we start to worry about the Monarch Butterflies. Lots of
doom and gloom…talk about these beautiful creatures facing extinction. Let’s hope it’s
We are doing our part by leaving a good sized slice our garden exclusively for milk weed
plants. In the past no respectable farmer would do that because milk weed is toxic to
cattle. Or so I am told. I have never seen a cow munching milk weed. They seem to
know plants. All over North America eccentrics like Marjorie and me have little patches
of milk weed. Others, using little thought, spread the insecticide Round Up. Deadly.
And today there were two monarchs nosing about. I hope laying eggs. Eventual
larvae who can munch they way through our dining area.
Milk weed gets a little ugly about now. Other creatures chew at the leaves. But
Monarch larvae when and if they appear are obvious and systematic. Big fat larvae
How much time do they need to eventually emerge as Monarch butterflies.
This is the beginning of Sept. October comes fast as does the frost. Is there
enough time left? Then they have the long flight to Mexico or part way there.