Park Openings, Caterpillar Crawls, Butterfly Bookreadings: Busy Weekend For Butterfly Buffs in San Antonio and Austin

Butterfly and Caterpillar events abound this weekend in San Antonio and Austin–from bookreadings and park openings to guided caterpillars tours and a lecture by Dr. David Wagner, one of the foremost experts on caterpillars on the planet. Don’t miss all the action. Read on for details.… Read More

Texas Hill Country Update on Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly Eggs and Caterpillars with Tips on How to Find Them

Tips from the Llano River on how to find Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars plus a tour of the Texas Hill Country attest to the enduring resilience of native milkweed plants.… Read More

Monarch Caterpillars Have Supersized Appetites, Eat 200X their Weight in Milkweed Leaves

According to Monarch Watch, the citizen scientist program that monitors the Monarch butterfly migration and started the tagging program, monarch caterpillars consume 200x their birthweight in milkweed leaves in about a two-week period. Commercial butterfly breeders suggest that a single caterpillar can easily decimate an entire one-gallon milkweed plant–175 leaves per caterpillar. Of course, it depends on the milkweed you supply. Our native Texas milkweed, Antelope Horns, Asclepias asperula, is much heftier than the Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, found in nuseries right now–like a beef steak compared to lettuce. Yet, when the Monarchs are flying, any milkweed is better than none.
Sound impossible? Watch the video.
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Happy Spring Equinox! Monarchs en route, and the Eastern Swallowtails are Back, too

Happy Equinox and the start of Butterfly Season. Monarch butterflies and Eastern Swallowtails are fluttering back into our gardens. Be sure you have milkweed, fennel, parsely, dill and rue to give them something to host on.… Read More

Monarch Butterflies Arriving Soon from Mexico, But Who's Got Milkweed? Fortunately Some Local Nurseries Have It in Stock

Millions of Monarch butterflies are heading to Texas for Spring Break, but who’s got milkweed for them to host and nectar on? Fortunately, some local nurseries have “got milkweed” in stock.… Read More

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