Monarch Butterfly Cycle

Community Greens

The single most important thing you can do for monarchs is plant milkweed. Some of you won’t plant anything that has “weed” in its name. You’re a gardener. Manage your garden. Include milkweed and other nectar and host plants in your garden for monarchs!

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Plant For Pollinators

Community Greens

Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds make your garden come alive. Plan now to add their favorite flowers to your landscape and you will experience your garden in a brand new way. Spreadwildflower mixesand favorites likezinniaswhen the soil is workable. You’ll also have a lovely cut flower garden in addition to a butterfly habitat. Encourage pollinators year-round withhabitat designed just for them.


  • Choose a location
  • Plan your garden
  • Remove weeds
  • Plant native flowers, trees and shrubs
  • Use colorful blooms
  • Choose flowers with long bloom periods
  • Water well
  • Fertilize

Learn more aboutplanting for pollinators.

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Conserve Monarchs


Bird Feeders Favorite Foods

bird feeder
Attract your favorite bird with its favorite food!

  • Hummingbird: sugar water
  • Bluebird: beef suet, peanuts
  • Blue Jay: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed
  • Red-Winged Blackbird: millet, peanuts
  • Cardinal: peanuts, sunflower seeds
  • American Goldfinch: millet, peanuts, sunflower seed
  • Baltimore Oriole: beef suet, peanuts, sugar water
  • Chickadee: beef suet, niger (thistle) seed, peanuts, sunflower seed
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeak: sunflower seed, sugar water
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed

Butterfly Wiki Links

In case you missed it, below are Butterfly Wiki Links. You can also find them permanently in Butterfly Project blog sidebar. I thought as Spring has sprung and my last post was about host plants for caterpillars , I might as well make the cocoon, er, connection – cv

Pipevine Swallowtail
Zebra Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail
Black Veined White
Sara Orange Tip
Falcate Orange Tip
Orange Sulphur
Clouded Yellow
Purplish Copper
Coral Hairstreak
Banded Hairstreak
Olive Hairstreak*
Brown Elfin
Gray Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed Blue
American Snout
Question Mark
Mourning Cloak