Scientist report that the number of Monarchs overwintering in Mexico this year is down 59% from last year, and it has decreased six out of the last seven years. I'm trying to do what I can to encourage as many gardeners as possible to add milkweed to their gardens this year. Asclepias incarnata ( perennial) and Asclepias currasavica (annual) are easy to grow and very popular with Monarchs for both nectar and egg-laying. If you can, I'd love to know that even one extra container of milkweed got planted.
If you are interested in learning more, or even could try raising caterpillars to protect them from predators ( fewer than 1% reach adulthood), visit the Butterfly forum FAQ and ask any questions of the wonderful people there. Monarch Watch is another organization that can provide info and also seeds for common milkweed species.
I'd love to hear back about even the smallest of efforts. If each of us do something little, we can make a big difference. Thanks for listening.