22 April 2012

Monarchs approaching our latitude

Map from Journey North.  We have milkweed plants about 6" high in the front yard, waiting for them, but to my amazement, this year some animals - apparently rabbits - are browsing the milkweed and consuming the leaves.  The plant has so many defensive toxins that I'm surprised to see this happening; I've never seen it before.  Perhaps the immature spikes don't have all the chemical defenses that a mature one harbors.


  1. Looks like they've reached Point Pelee.

    1. Close (Livonia). The map at the source is interactive.

  2. We have them here in Hawaii all year long.

  3. Been meaning to send this to you for a while. You probably already know of it but just in case it's news: butterflyexhibitions.org is the website of the International Association of Butterfly Exhibitors and it maintains a list of places that host live-butterfly shows around the world. Just FYI.


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