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Old 06-16-2019, 07:29 AM
 
Location: KY
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At our home I have tried with no luck, to grow milkweed and even planted a butterfly bush to maybe get the Monarch butterflies to come our home.

One day my wife was telling someone at a social gathering, about my Monarch butterfly attracting efforts. Just so happened that this lady, knew a lady that actual farmed them.

So I was given a new Monarch cocoon from this Monarch raising person, on a stick. It was fun to see the process of "Monarch-ing". Pics are attached of the Monarch cocoon sitting on our FP mantle, to the day I let it fly away.

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Old 06-16-2019, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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At our home I have tried with no luck, to grow milkweed and even planted a butterfly bush to maybe get the Monarch butterflies to come our home.

One day my wife was telling someone at a social gathering, about my Monarch butterfly attracting efforts. Just so happened that this lady, knew a lady that actual farmed them.

So I was given a new Monarch cocoon from this Monarch raising person, on a stick. It was fun to see the process of "Monarch-ing". Pics are attached of the Monarch cocoon sitting on our FP mantle, to the day I let it fly away.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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At our home I have tried with no luck, to grow milkweed and even planted a butterfly bush to maybe get the Monarch butterflies to come our home.

One day my wife was telling someone at a social gathering, about my Monarch butterfly attracting efforts. Just so happened that this lady, knew a lady that actual farmed them.

So I was given a new Monarch cocoon from this Monarch raising person, on a stick. It was fun to see the process of "Monarch-ing". Pics are attached of the Monarch cocoon sitting on our FP mantle, to the day I let it fly away.
I like monarchs too. Hopefully I'll be in a position to grow milkweed. Unfortunately I don't exactly have a green thumb.
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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We grow a lot of plants for butterflies but haven't seen a monarch in years.
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:46 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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At our home I have tried with no luck, to grow milkweed and even planted a butterfly bush to maybe get the Monarch butterflies to come our home.

One day my wife was telling someone at a social gathering, about my Monarch butterfly attracting efforts. Just so happened that this lady, knew a lady that actual farmed them.

So I was given a new Monarch cocoon from this Monarch raising person, on a stick. It was fun to see the process of "Monarch-ing". Pics are attached of the Monarch cocoon sitting on our FP mantle, to the day I let it fly away.

How wonderful.
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Old 06-22-2019, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Our local elementary school is planting a butterfly garden in hopes of attracting them. It’s been a struggle to find the old fashioned milkweed, with the pods. They had to special order the plants.

Now, we’ll see if they grow, and if they grow, will the monarchs come? Just regular butterfly bushes and some varieties of asclepius are attractive to butterflies, but they aren’t what monarchs like.

This is coastal GA. In the garden column in our paper, the garden expert reported getting a frantic call from a homeowner whose milkweed were loaded with newly hatched caterpillars, but the plants were almost bare. She was afraid there weren’t enough and the monarchs would starve. He helped her move some of them to the local botanical garden where there was a good crop of milkweed.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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In the yard of one house where I lived, I planted swamp milkweed, and also had a few very small sassafras trees. They eat both of those, and I had plenty of flowering things - trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals - but few monarchs. Their winter habitat is being destroyed.
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I haven't seen one in years., but applaud your efforts in trying to help the monarchs.
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