Butterfly Conservation, The Monarch butterfly population is declining due to decreasing habitat in Mexico and the USA. You can help the Monarch planting milkweed in yards, gardens and open areas in the Monarch migration paths. There are vacant lands where seeds of milkweeds and wild flowers can be planted, this includes roadsides and power line right-of-ways. This year the monarch started their migration north, but the climate prevented milkweed plants from maturing enough to provide leaves for female butterflies to lay eggs and to feed the newly hatched caterpillars. Starting milkweed plants inside, then replanting them outside for the migrating butterflies to use will help sustain the Monarch butterfly population. Harvesting Milkweed seeds in the fall will provide seeds to plant in the spring. Your area may have seen a decline in Monarch butterflies. Monarch eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises can be purchased online or from local butterfly farms.
You Can Increase Butterfly Population Queen Gulf Fritillary Cabbage White Zebra Longwing Monarch Painted Lady Common Buckeye Red AdmiralPipeline Swallowtail Tiger Swallowtail Orange-barred Sulphur Gray Hairstreak
Plant Host Plants for Caterpillars to Eat. We Planted a Cassia, host plant for Cloudless Sulphurs, in front of our kitchen window.Five (count ‘em 5!) Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillars
You Can Increase Butterfly PopulationMy name is Chuck Melvin, I am 77 years old and have Parkinson’s Disease. My wife, Marsha, and I have married for 35 years. We need your help to pay for my increasing medical bills. Please visit our website: www.ButterflyLifeCycle.net My e-mail address is ChuckMelvin@ButterflyLifeCycle.net Please e-mail me to tell how much you like our website or to make suggestions or comments on how to improve it.
How to increase Butterfly Population•• Increasing butterfly population is a simple process of reclaiming butterfly habitat areas taken over by civilization and devoting the area to butterflies by planting butterfly host and nectar plants.• Areas are all-grass yards, gardens, vacant lots, road right-of ways and power line right-of-ways• Two groups of plants need to be planted for the butterfly habitats to make a come back. •Host plants for caterpillars to eat. •Nectar plants that flower for adult butterflies to drink nectar from.• Host plants are usually limited to just a few plants for each different butterfly. The Monarch’s host plant is milkweed.• Nectar plants are most flowering plants.
You can select any butterfly that lives in your area to help increase its population.To find out what butterflies live in your zip code, go to Fred Miller and Patty Bigner’s website http://www.gardenswithwings.com/
We planted a Cassiatree, host plant forthe Sulphur Butterfly,outside the windowwhere my computeris located. It actslike a magnet forfemale Sulphurs.
Leaders in Increasing Butterfly PopulationsThere is a group of well-organized professionalsand their assistants who can help butterfliessurvive and thrive, school teachers and theirstudents. Teachers who show their students how togrow the plants butterflies and caterpillars need forfeeding and breeding is one answer to increasingbutterfly populations.Another group is parents with young children.Especially the children that are home schooled.
Classroom and Home Activities Introducing your young children to butterflies can be done by purchasing aPainted Lady Butterfly kit. It can be set up and watched inside your house or in a classroom. The Painted Lady can benurtured on a man-made mixture, so you do not need to have its host plant available.
The Monarch butterfly population is declining due to decreasing habitat in Mexico and the USA. You can help the Monarch by planting milkweed in yards,gardens and open areas in the Monarch’s migration paths. There are vacant landswhere milkweed and wild flower seeds canbe planted including roadsides, line right- of-ways, your yard and open areas.
Monarch Migrating North in SpringDue to climate changes, in the spring milkweed is not available for the female Monarch to lay her eggs. Starting milkweed plants inside, then replanting them outside for the migrating butterflies to use will help sustain the Monarch butterfly population. There are many species of milkweed as shown at http://plants.usda.gov/java/. Also shown is adistribution map showing where a species of the milkweed grows. Our local butterfly nursery has at least two species of milkweed for our area.They also have an enclosed “Butterfly Encounter”with butterflies flying around for your enjoyment. Milkweed for Monarch Females to Lay Eggs One milkweed provides leaves for 6 monarchcaterpillars. The milkweed leaves are stripped bythe caterpillars and as a landscape plant is not a pretty sight.
Spread the WealthAlthough Gulf Fritillaries are local to our Zip Code, we did not have any in our neighborhood. Weplanted Passion Vine seeds and cuttings and soon had Gulf Fritillary Butterflies and caterpillars by the dozens populating our yard. We describe the whole process in our website: www.ButerflyLifeCycle.net.You can purchase butterfly eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises for your area from butterfly farms. They can be located with a Google search. Weddings ceremonies releasing Monarchs could also request their wedding party members plant milkweeds. Send us your pictures to post: ChuckMelvin@ButterflyLifeCycle.com
The images used in this PowerPoint Presentation are from Flickr. Go to Flickr and Like, Share or Comment on the PhotographersCloudless Sulphur Butterfly- Mathew Hoelscher -http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiswango/4590229906/Queen Butterfly - Kenneth Cole Scheinder -http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosyfinch/3062734726/Gulf Fritillary Butterfly - Lon & Queta -httpA://www.flickr.com/photos/lonqueta/5354880828/Cabbage White Butterfly - Mark Lucas -http://www.flickr.com/photos/29187221@N05/2785188633/Zebra Longwing Butterfly - Joe Girgenti -http://www.flickr.com/photos/jg5150/3743772706/Monarch Butterfly – Diana -http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturegrl64/3668808600/Painted Lady Butterfly - Carl Lucas -http://www.flickr.com/photos/29187221@N05/3064103790/Common Buckeye Butterfly – johnandmary -http://www.flickr.com/photos/fricknfrack/5714667880/Red Admiral Butterfly - Brian Haslam -http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianhaslam/2766132510/lightbox/Pipeline Swallowtail Butterfly - Niel Hunt -http://www.flickr.com/photos/nhunt/4807921648/Tigger Swallowtail Butterfly - Lisa Holder -http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisaholdernc/7701591678/Gray Hairstreak Butterfly - John B -http://www.flickr.com/photos/dendroica/5027737662/
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