Tag: milkweed

A monarch catepillar sits atop the orange flowers of butterfly milkweed.

Join us on our Facebook page Mondays through Fridays at 10 a.m. for a live video with Great Parks staff. Nature Interpreter Lisa is searching for monarch caterpillars at Francis RecreAcres. You’ll also learn more about the monarch caterpillars and monarch butterflies that Lisa is hand-raising.

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The milkweed is blooming, the milkweed is blooming! Why all of the excitement? Common milkweed is a favorite plant for more than 450 species of aphids, bees, wasps, beetles, butterflies, moths and more. Whether these insects are using it as a nursery for their larvae to munch on once hatched or sipping nectar from the […]

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Monarchs on the Move

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Few insects lift our spirits more than the charismatic monarch butterfly. But why? Maybe it’s their stunning color contrast against the backdrop of a blue sky. Or maybe it’s our appreciation for the massive struggle they face to carry on their species. Adult butterflies emerging at this point in the season are biologically different than […]

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Over the past few years, the Great Parks Stewardship department has been aware of declining monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) sightings. The department has since taken steps to help promote and protect their habitat. In the fall, monarch butterflies from our region start their migration to Mexico for the winter. When winter is over, they will […]

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