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Trash Talk for August 22, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 • Posted August 24, 2012

Gardeners and anyone who mows, don’t trash the MILKWEED! Help the monatch butterfly on its annual migration through Texas. Of the 20 or so milkweeds native to our state, antelope horn and green milkweed are two of the most important (and common). They are important because, as they grow abundantly along the road sides and in pastures on the central Texas flyway of the monarchs on their annual migration to Mexico, this “weed” provides the nourishment necessary for the monarch. The monarch caterpillars feed on milkweed and the adults thrive on the nectar.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico has dropped close to a third since 2011. This is the result of the unusual patterns of drought and rainfall in the US and Canada’s Monarch breeding sites. Let’s help keep our beautiful, colorful monarch migration alive in the Hill Country by providing them the nourishment they need to reach their winter home in Mexico.

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