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  •  Time to collect milkweed seeds! (12+ / 0-)

    At least in the Midwest.

    StarTribune: Monarch season arrives in Minnesota

    For butterfly fans, this year brings good news after last year’s plunge in the number of monarchs.

    “We’re actually seeing a bounce-back,” said Karen Oberhauser, director of the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab. While counts from early this summer aren’t considered high, “I can say we’re cautiously optimistic, that we’re seeing a rebound in the population.”

    Monarch sightings should be peaking by mid- to late August as newly hatched monarchs join the population and begin gathering on trees and plants in clusters by the end of August into September.

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    Besides the gathering monarchs, now is also a great time to look for common milkweed and the cottony puffs of seeds for fall planting. The monarch’s admirers also might consider enhancing their gardens with butterfly-attracting perennials including pink-flowered swamp milkweed, orange-flowered butterfly weed, joe pye weed, red bee balm, purple coneflowers and wild purple asters.

    Restoring milkweed, though, is most important for monarchs, and there are grass-roots efforts to expand this essential habitat in back yards, public spaces and parks so the butterflies have more places to lay their eggs. Milkweed also serves as a way station for feeding and resting as the butterflies make the huge journey south.

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