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Butterfly Weed Party

Posted on Aug 31, 2016

Below is a photo of an absurd scene that became normal this August on any Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) that I could find – look at all those butterflies! The fiery orange flower is a native milkweed and extremely attractive to a wide variety of species looking for some nectar. We have an Orange Sulphur, Crescents, and the iconic and wonderfully matched Monarchs all feeding here.

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Just how many Crescents can we fit on one bloom?

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Take a look at this Monarch as it is showing some signs of wear and tear. This individual likely took a long journey to us and now it will mate, lay eggs, and pass on here in the north while its children make the long flight south to the Mexican wintering grounds.

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This individual was a little more fresh and may be younger, or traveled less extensively to arrive.

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You should definitely plant some Asclepias tuberosa in your yard if you like, oh…loads of happy butterflies around!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator