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)
- Purple coneflower
- Sedum such as "Autumn Joy
- Joe-Pye Weed
- Rough Blazing Star
- Butterfly Weed
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.