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Post  countrynaturals on 4/7/2019, 11:32 am

Plant Mexican Sunflower for the Monarchs. It's one of the last fall bloomers and can continue blooming even after a light frost. It can help save the late-emerging Monarch butterflies from starvation, before they head down to Mexico.
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/8/2019, 11:46 am

@sanderson wrote:I saw this on FB.  Anyone have experience with alternate food sources?  https://texasbutterflyranch.com/2014/04/11/milkweed-shortage-sparks-alternative-fuels-for-hungry-monarch-caterpillars/?fbclid=IwAR37k_tolZm4zgJwOVFt8YvzYaQjh-3luI15hVweVLrIt_oKJmzYjeFU7-o

What they don't mention is that the reason they choose milkweed is to make themselves poisonous. Pumpkins and cukes may delute their potency, which is not news we want to have reach the predators. This is an "emergency only" solution -- not something to be used on a regular basis.

That said -- yes, I've had experience and it works great, but only on the big cats. The tiny ones can't use it.
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Post  OhioGardener on 4/8/2019, 12:06 pm

@sanderson wrote:I saw this on FB.  Anyone have experience with alternate food sources?  https://texasbutterflyranch.com/2014/04/11/milkweed-shortage-sparks-alternative-fuels-for-hungry-monarch-caterpillars/?fbclid=IwAR37k_tolZm4zgJwOVFt8YvzYaQjh-3luI15hVweVLrIt_oKJmzYjeFU7-o

Interesting article. Fortunately I haven't had to worry about an alternate food source since I have and acre or so of several types of milkweed for them to feast on.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/8/2019, 9:22 pm

You guys are at the end of the trail for them...glad to hear they are getting food!!  I have a bunch of milkweed for them, but I know they have a long voyage when they leave me...all I can do is fuel them well for their travels!  Great article❤
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Post  trolleydriver on 7/24/2019, 10:55 am

Found this Monarch on a small patch of milkweed growing in the back corner of our yard.
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/24/2019, 11:17 am

good job! TD. We haven't seen a monarch in 2 years. Sad
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/24/2019, 12:47 pm

Nice, TD!  We have had new Monarch's coming out to head your way for over a month, so you should start seeing more of them.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/24/2019, 8:14 pm

I have butterflies and cats...on my milkweeds.  I haven’t seen any other activity...but they are about!
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