What more lovely wildife in a garden than butterflies?
Giving Monarch butterflies a helping hand
Habitat loss is threatening North America’s Monarch butterfly population. Many people have begun growing butterfly-friendly plants to provide food and shelter for these insects as they make their way on migration from Mexico in winter to the US and Canada in spring. My parents have milkweed plants in their garden in south Texas, where the butterflies will stop, eat, lay eggs and hatch. We have found chrysalises hanging under lawn chairs, tucked under wall siding and attached to the shed. I was lucky enough to capture one hatching. How beautiful is that transparent green chrysalis with the golden dots?