9/6/10

Monarch Migration Through Texas

 It's that time of year for the Monarch Butterfly to head South for the Winter.  An amazing and much anticipated migration from Canada to Mexico. 

With Texas being smack dab in the middle of the route to Mexico, Texans gear up every year by creating Habitats for the Monarchs.

Butterfly gardens are easy to plant, and you can design one that gives monarchs habitat throughout their breeding cycle. As with all butterflies, you should grow plants that will:
Host the eggs and feed the larvae ("caterpillar plants") and/or Provide nectar to adult butterflies ("nectar plants").

Milkweed is the monarch's larval plant. It is the host for egg-laying and the food for the larvae. Here are a few milkweed species you may be able to plant in your region:
  • Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  • Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
  • Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Adult monarchs will be attracted to gardens that provide nectar for them. Be sure to choose varieties of flowers that have early and late blooming times, so that nectar sources will be available throughout the season. Here are some favorite nectaring plants.
  • Purple coneflower
  • Sedum such as "Autumn Joy
  • Joe-Pye Weed
  • Rough Blazing Star
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Azaleas
  • Monarda
  • Phlox

Click HERE for Journey North's Monarch Butterfly Website

 I've had a great time Photographing Butterflies last spring and through the summer, and I'm getting excited for the Monarchs visit to Texas on their way to Mexico. 
My NeatONikon is Loaded and GoodToGo!
Check out the above Website's Migration Maps....You will want to be Camera Ready and Butterfly Garden Ready when they arrive in your state. 

6 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

Great info about what to have in our gardens to help out the butterflies!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I have had so many butterflies on my deck garden this year it has been a joy. I will be planting more plants for them next year. Can't wait to see more photos from you!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sue Sweetie...
Oh my what a treasure of monarch information you have shared this morning. So many things I did not know. You are so lucky to be in the middle and will get to see so many butterflies. I will be popping back regularly as I want to see the shares as you photograph. How wonderful to build your garden around this event and give them a haven to come to.

I love the photo of your shadow in the gazing ball and how beautiful is the gold butterfly.

Thank you for sharing with me as always, I so love it when you do.

Many hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

How exciting to photograph the butterflies' migration! Thanks for such an interesting post!
Happy day!
Coralie

Pom Pom said...

Look for the fairies riding on their backs!

Ann said...

Your mosaic is stunning. I've been missing ya girl!!! Being retired is so wonderful isn't it. Happy Labor Day.
Ann

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