|Monarch Butterfly: National Geographic|
I took all these photos (below) of the butterfly that was feeding on my Butterfly Bush (buddleia Black Knight). I'm thinking that this is a Monarch, but something kept nagging at my brain. I really am not sure if this is a Monarch and wondered what it was and how is it different?
|Swallowtail Butterfly: Ann Bailey|
The most important thing about Monarchs is that they feed on everything, but lay their eggs ONLY on Milkweed. Very unusual.
|He's so pretty, but I feel bad that his wing is torn and I wonder how it affects him.|
I've been planting feverishly (it's been so hot) this summer. My plantings are mostly driven by economics and what I can get on sale - or free. I wasn't thinking about milkweed. But I am now. I will search to find at least one Milkweed to plant this Fall if it is advisable.
For a wonderful site on Monarchs and how to bring them to your garden, go here .
So, do you have milkweed, and hopefully Monarch visitors?
Happy gardening, my friends!