Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lots of Milkweed, Lots of Monarchs!

Very excited to see lots of monarch butterfly caterpillars - more than ever before - on the various milkweeds growing in the garden this year!

Monarch caterpillars on spider milkweed (Asclepias viridis)
Monarch cats on Asclepias viridis (spider milkweed)

Monarch butterfly caterpillar on rose milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Monarch cat on Asclepias incarnata (rose milkweed)

Monarch caterpillars on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Monarch cats on Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed... I didn't plant this one, it showed up last year, and this year has multiplied into three stems... I know it's got a somewhat aggressive reputation, but clearly it's a big hit with the monarch cats, and when it bloomed last year, I was bowled over by the incredible floral fragrance!)

All three of these milkweeds are native to Tennessee.

I hope to add two more to the garden eventually - A. purpurascens (purple milkweed) and A. tuberosa (butterflyweed).

What are your best butterfly host plants?


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