common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
The numbers of monarchs have drastically fallen in the last 10+ years. Its caterpillars depend solely on milkweed for food. And milkweed is being destroyed due to herbicide spraying both by homeowners as well as farmers on genetically engineered crops.
Deforestation due to illegal logging and environmental factors has reduced the acres of available over-wintering sites for the butterflies that make it to Mexico.
Washington Post article about the destruction of monarchs
monarch population chart (scientific study)
Center for Biological Diversity
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center explore
milkweeds (Asclepias--There are >140 species):
Consider planting one or more of the beautiful milkweed plant varieties in your yard!
Wordless Wednesday/Wordy Wednesday--where I linked up:
Create With Joy (Those Irresistible Eyes)
A Southern Daydreamer (Lantana)
photo by me ©2016 all rights reserved
(This photo was taken at the Cincinnati Nature Center where there is a small "milkweed forest" at the Herb Wall.)