Butterflies feed on lots of different plants, but each species need a particular plant or group of plants on which to lay their eggs. Monarch butterflies need Milkweed (Asclepias species) for reproduction, and these lovely indigenous flowers are in decline – between agricultural practices, roadside chemical sprays, and everything else that puts native species in decline, milkweed species, like many other plants that support native wildlife, are in trouble.
I wanted to take just a quick minute to assemble some resources and links that will help you gather all the necessary info on this topic, and the exciting movement happening in backyard gardens to protect the gorgeous, famous butterfly we call the Monarch.
Insects are typically our lesser-loved cousins and I came across this spectacular article and photoset on National Geographic (because as a nerd, I visit there often). These photographs are of insect eggs, which are too small to even use a macro lens. The sizes of the eggs range from 0.7 to 2 millimeters, which means an electron microscope had to be used for the photos. Amazing!
That first link will take you to the photoset, which is unbelievable, and the article is worth reading too. I’m only posting a couple shots here because you should really go to the set and see the rest!!