The downward spiral of the Monarch has brought milkweed plants into a limelight they've never enjoyed before. That's because milkweeds serve as the host plants for the butterfly above - the only plants that the butterfly's caterpillars can eat. Nurseries can hardly keep the stuff in stock. The people have spoken - they want to protect Monarchs. Milkweeds are their ammo.
But milkweeds do FAR more than just service Monarchs. This Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, is awash in Spicebush Swallowtails, with a few Great Spangled Fritillaries thrown in for good measure.
Next Wednesday evening, commencing at 7 pm., I am giving a talk entitled Milkweeds, Monarchs, and More at the fabulous Grange Insurance Audubon Center near downtown Columbus. CLICK HERE for details. It's free, and all are welcome.
I'm going to range through the interesting links between milkweeds and humans, show the varied species and what makes them tick, and discuss some of the fascinating animals whose fortunes are tied, in some cases inextricably, to milkweeds. And end it all with a cool example of something that anyone with a small plot can do to make the world a better place with milkweeds and prairie plants.
Hope you can make it! Again, CLICK HERE for details.