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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.


    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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