They aren’t quite butterflies yet, but I was so excited when I found the monarch caterpillars!! I planted the butterfly garden a few years ago and this year we have SO many butterflies. I also found 10 caterpillars on my parsley.
We haven’t had the monarch butterflies yet, but we have hundreds (and hundreds) of Painted Lady butterflies. They are enjoying the Rough Blaze Star, one of the native plants that I bought at the Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS at their spring sale. Their fall sale is this weekend. You can bet I will be there!!
Monarchs stopped by today on their way to over-winter in Mexico. Each spring and summer there are 3 – 5 generations born. Most of them live 5 weeks, with the exception of the last generation born at the end of summer. They make the journey back to Mexico. They will then return the following spring. Over-wintering monarchs can live to be 8 months old.
The monarchs were feeding on the butterfly milkweed and vitex (Chaste tree). We are also in the process of adding a larger area of plants focusing on plants that attract butterflies.