Monarch population size over winter 2019-2020 announced by WWF Mexico: not great news!

world monarchs The last 10 years have been a wild ride for the monarch butterfly population. Between 2010 and 2014 was the all-time population low, as recorded during overwintering in Mexico and reported by the WWF.  This terrible low point, something I termed in the “red zone” corresponded to the 100-year drought in Northern Mexico & Texas, and the two are most… Read more

Q&A about tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

diabrotica Hello, I am a retired physician, neurologist and recent master gardener. I am a fellow butterfly enthusiast and have just returned from Mexico where I saw the wintering monarchs. I have been planting many types of milkweed and observing for several years. I planted tropical milkweed Asclepias curassavica and have been told it is terrible to do that because of… Read more