Monarchs are one of the most distinctive and attractive butterflies that visit our gardens, but loss of habitat in both the United States and Mexico over recent years means that they have come under pressure. While as individuals we have little control over many of the reasons for this loss of habitat, the one place where we can do our bit to encourage monarchs is in our gardens. This article by Benjamin Vogt which I found over on the Houzz website explains the problems monarchs face and suggests ways that we can help them to survive and flourish.

I had a 10-gallon aquarium sitting on our dining room table in 2011. I?d browsed Craigslist to find a rearing tank for monarchs. When I met with the seller in a McDonald?s parking lot, I discovered she was about 13, and her older brother came out from the counter inside to oversee the $20 transaction. It felt like a drug deal. In many ways it was ? I?m addicted to monarchs.
I raised 150 that year from egg to wing, and this year I raised only five. As the last bits of habitat in the Midwest for wildlife like monarch butterflies are being removed, our gardens are becoming last refuges. Our small lots provide opportunities to design new garden spaces that do more good than we?d ever dreamed possible.

See more at Houzz

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  1. Not all GMOs have anything at all to do with the spraying of pesticides and just because a particular GMO is herbicide resistant doesn’t mean it has more of anything sprayed on it. Farmers don’t douse. That wouldn’t be very cost effective.

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