Tropical Milkweed OK for Monarch Butterflies, “Just Cut the Dang Stuff Down”

Debate continues: Tropical milkweed Ok for Monarch butterflies, “just cut the dang stuff down.” Continue reading

Q & A: Grad Student Dara Satterfield on Tropical Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

Graduate student Dara Satterfield caused quite a flutter recently when she was featured in the New York Times as the co-author of a study looking at how Tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, may be effecting the health of Monarch butterflies and … Continue reading

Tropical Milkweed: To Plant it or Not, it’s Not a Simple Question

Planning your butterfly garden? To plant Tropical milkweed to attract Monarch butterflies or not, is not a simple quesiton. Continue reading

Butterfly FAQ: Pros and Cons of Tropical Milkweed and What to do with a Winter Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar or Chrysalis

Butterfly FAQs today: What to do with late season Monarch caterpillars you find this winter? And, some thoughts on the pros and cons of Tropical milkweed, that hearty, ubiquitous Monarch butterfly host plant. Continue reading

Agrawal: Milkweeds don’t need Monarch butterflies, but Monarchs need milkweed

Monarch butterflies and milkweed. We’ve explored the subject many times right here at the Texas Butterfly Ranch. But author Anurag Agrawal’s recently published Monarchs and Milkweed, A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and their Remarkable Story of Co-evolution adds a new dimension … Continue reading

New study: nectar plants more important than milkweed for Monarch butterfly migration

It’s not just about the milkweed: new study says nectar plants may be more important in helping save the Monarch butterfly migration. Continue reading