Monarch Butterflies in Love


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I captured these two Monarchs perpetuating the species and keeping the Monarch migration alive.

This couples offspring will be emerging from their chrysalis anytime now and will then begin their nearly three thousand mile migration to central Mexico for the winter.

I captured these two little lovers just outside Madison Indiana in a wildflower field filled with iron-weed and common milkweed for which the milkweed is the host plant for this beautiful butterfly. The milkweed is the only plant that the Monarch will lay its eggs on and the caterpillars will then eat the milkweed and begin the cycle anew.

The milkweed has been disappearing from its native areas because of over spraying and mowing of roadside ditches and fields which has caused a massive decline in the population of the monarch.

Although there has been a great deal of publicity on the plight of the monarchs which in the short term may help their numbers increase there still needs to be a much larger effort in restoring the fields and other natural areas back to their native state to bring back the population to its once incredible numbers !!
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12 thoughts on “Monarch Butterflies in Love

  1. Thanks for writing about this important issue, Bernie. I’m glad that Ohio is planting milkweed along our roads now. Do you know if Indiana is doing anything at the state level to help the monarchs?

    1. Roadside planting of milkweed as well as the DNR working with factories and Hospitals planting large plots of milkweed and other wildflowers. The hospital I work at has an amazing variety of butterflies on the grounds !!

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