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Once mature common milkweed sends out lots of runners and new stems will pop up. It gets 5 feet tall and will take over the area you plant it in so give it lots of room If you're raising monarchs y
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THE FOOD WEB OF WILDLIFE
Of course, without the native cold and drought tolerant taproot plants on the landscape, life as we know it wouldn't exist on our planet. Monarch butterflies and other beautiful pollinators live on these plants and also help propagate most of the same plants they thrive on.
In the food web of life, other creatures up the wildlife food chain live on eating pollinators just like predators consume the first three stages of the monarchs development and eat parts of the adult butterfly after it dies. Only about 2-5 % of the monarch eggs laid get to the adult in flight stage which makes protecting those early stages of the monarchs necessary using our protecting monarchs from predators hatchery/nursery rearing method if we are going to add to insect population when we release them and they reproduce.
The following link is an online book that explains butterfly gardening and the plants they need. Please download it and enjoy https://tomterrific1.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/butterfly-gardening.pdf
I'm Known as Craig the Butterflyman. I'm your educator. Please let me introduce myself in this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfn9wuvVaDw&t=4s
This video describes our rearing procedure as taught at Yale University Farm in New Haven Connecticut. The popup hatchery in the video is no longer available at Walmart.
Common milkweed grows everywhere in the Midwest and Northeast beginning in June and is about 2 feet tall just as the monarchs arrive. You can harvest 20" long common milkweed stems with a few eggs on them and/or catch a monarch laying eggs with a net, put the stems in a vase in the hatchery and add the butterfly. When she's laid about 110 eggs put her in another hatchery setup or release her. When the caterpillars have eaten enough they will hang and you'll have adult monarchs in 12 days
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