Save the Monarchs

Milkweed is the only plant
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on

Save the Monarchs

Monarchs face a new challenge today as milkweed is rapidly decreasing from new developments and the popular use of herbicides in croplands. The Hutchings Museum has set up a “Monarch Waystation” to help provide milkweed for the monarchs. The museum also provides milkweed starters, for others to take home and start their own waystation.

How you can help

  • Sign up to count and plant milkweed

  • Plant milkweed in your backyard

  • Plant pollinating flowers

Spreading Milkweed, Not Myths

(Read Complete Article from US Fish and Wildlife)

Milkweed is a beneficial wildflower. It may have “weed” in the name, but there are over 100 species of milkweed native to the United States and none of them are considered “noxious weeds”. While milkweed can grow quickly, planting species local to your region and researching a bit about growing patterns is an effective way to ensure it won’t take over your yard.

Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. If monarch eggs are laid on plants other than milkweed, the caterpillars cannot survive and starve to death. Eating milkweed makes monarchs poisonous, making them much more likely to survive.

This is just false. There are a number of species that use milkweed nectar, and some will even eat various parts of the plant (like the milkweed bug!).

Volunteer at the Museum to help save Monarch Butterflies