The Importance of Milkweed

August 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Can you believe that we may see the loss of the Monarch migration in our lifetime?  I find this fact to be sad and heartbreaking.  Monarchs are such beautiful little creatures.  Of course, I am fond of all butterflies.  One of the ways to preserve the Monarch and other creatures such as the Milkweed Bugs and Milkweed Beetles is through the planting and preservation of the Common Milkweed plant.  There are actually other insects such as the Green Lacewing and the Honey Bee that find the Milkweed delicious and part of their daily diet.

So why has there been such a decline in the Milkweeds?  The Milkweed has been seeing loses because of urbanization, industrialized farms and the use of herbicides along road sides and other areas.  Many see the Milkweed as just an ordinary weed with no value.  But for the butterflies and other insects the Milkweed is a primary food source. 

In my area, we have the Common Milkweed and Swamp Milkweed.  The Common Milkweed in my area has pink flowers which are all in clusters.  The Milkweed can be found near the roadsides or down along the river banks.  The Milkweed actually can grow up to almost four feet tall.

To help in preservation, just find an area in your yard to plant some Milkweed.  You can even order seeds and sometimes plants depending on your area online.  


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