This weekend we had a Monarch Butterfly sighting at the Red House Garden!
|Monarch butterfly on Rose Milkweed|
This is a big deal here, as this is only the second Monarch I've seen in the last three years since moving up to Massachusetts. It's also a cause for celebration, as Monarch numbers have been on the decline in recent years. We having been fighting against the real possibility that their Great Migration, which encompasses several generations of butterflies and thousands of miles across North America, could face extinction.
Gardeners across America have been planting nectar plants and Milkweed plants, which is what their caterpillars eat, in order to help the butterflies out. We were very optimistic after reports this winter showed that the numbers of Monarchs overwintering in Mexico had increased significantly...
|Graph of area covered by the Monarch overwintering population in Mexico|
graph by WWF