Are Monarchs making a comeback?
Well, they've certainly made a comeback in my yard, but that's just anecdotal evidence.
|Male Monarch on tithonia.|
|Female Monarch on yellow cestrum.|
|Monarch feeding from tropical milkweed.|
|They do like the cestrum.|
|And they do like the blossoms of the tropical milkweed.|
I wonder if my observations are supported by other gardeners across the country. It will be particularly interesting to see what the data show after this season is over.
Certainly I attribute some of the Monarch traffic in my yard to the planting of native milkweeds this year. Some of the butterflies that I'm seeing now probably hatched and grew on that milkweed. Again, I have no scientific confirmation of that. It's just observation and gut-feeling.
But I do have a good feeling about these butterflies. I suspect that they are beginning to make a comeback and that all the publicity of the last couple of years about the trouble that they are in and about ways that we can help them has begun to have an effect. In short, I am more hopeful about this butterfly's future than I have been for a while. It certainly helps that I'm seeing lots of these around the garden.
|Monarch egg with tiny embryo inside.|