Pics of Monarch's feeding on natives

dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))June 11, 2012

I caught these Monarch butterflys as they were feeding. They are only using natives. I'm sure they must be very important in the Spring migration.


A pair feeding on Wood Geranium


Really beat up old girl on Virginia Bluebells

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ncrescue

Nice photos. Thanks for sharing. Most of my friends think that butterflies and native insects feed better on natives, and I agree. Some hybrids appear to be OK, but not all. If you have not read Tallamy's book, you should.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 8:38AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Very cool - I have yet to see a Monarch this year. It seems their migration through the midwest and even along coastal New England is much earlier than where I live. :(

It is amazing to ponder the distance that that "beat up old girl" has traveled to find herself nectaring on your bluebells in Minnesota!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 4:25AM
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jimbobfeeny(5a IN)

I have a mixed border near the driveway with natives and non-natives: some cosmos and zinnias, and some black-eyed Susans and echinacea. The butterflies seem to prefer the echinacea and black-eyed susans over the non natives! (They do like the cosmos and zinnias, too, though - I suppose they are native to Central America - perhaps Monarchs are used to them, as well, on their long migration route.)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 6:34AM
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