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The Monarch Butterfly Needs A Little Help

I was poking around trying to find something interesting for the wee ones to do and I ran across this website: http://www.livemonarch.com/free-milkweed-seeds.htm

On this site they state they (1) are a National Foundation (2) dedicated to protecting and restoring butterfly habitats across North America and (3) you can get a tax write off for donating and helping them out. How cool is that? Very. They also report that they grow caterpillar food plants hydroponically (no soil) and don't use "artificial diets."

It's a simple site, direct and to the point. I think I like them. I've never written off a non-profit-butterfly before (LOL). This should be very interesting... :-)

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Comment balloon 17 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 16 2009 01:49PM


Interesting. I would consider planting milkweed, but would opt for something much prettier that would help the monarch. Still - interesting site.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 11 years ago

Steve, it was a happy little accident. Very cool idea. Now I'm researching butterfly farms. I may have to go down to Greeleyville SC and plant a small patch. The kids would love that. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Thanks for that link.  I'm delighted to plant milkweed.  In our area we have been invaded by an invasive plant called black swallow wort.  It has milkweed-like characteristics - pods that open up with seeds and fluff inside - but it is bad news.  Super invasive and bad for monarchs - the butterflies lay eggs on it but it is not good food for the caterpillars who then die.  I became obsessed with swallow-wort over the last couple of years and pulled trash bags of it from my listings and picked off pods anywhere I saw them - if you just clip the vines the pods eventually disperse the seeds if you leave them there.  

Happy to plant milkweed for the monarch butterfly cause - glad I found the post.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 11 years ago

Thank you, Elizabeth B. This is going to be a fun project and I hope more people get involved. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

C- Going to check out the site now.  Was looking for something to plant.  Butterflies love my lantana I have in the summer, but don't ever see any caterpillars on it.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 11 years ago

Tammy, I am sooo looking forward to going on vacation so I can do this. My parents will gt a kick out of this as well.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

C- this is the "sign" of my mom. I keep it on my website and as many places as I can. I mourn the destruction of our God made earth.Brooks Prime PropertiesWe must do what we can to save it for our future generations. Thank you C for all you do to help our world. I do appreciate it. Deb.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

CTS, You are such a good soul.  You are always looking out for everyone all the way to the Monarch Butterfly.  I will plant some milkweed myself.  I am going to go back to the site and reread it.

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 11 years ago

I have a friend that grows milkweed in her garden for the Monarchs. They are cool to watch.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago

C - The butterflies love my butterfly bushes.  One of the things I look forward to is seeing them flying around during the spring and summer.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Deb, that is awesome.

Thank you, Audrey. :-)

Lizette, they fascinate me. I'm looking forward to this project. :-)

Jennifer, that is so cool. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

C- I went to a butterfly farm in Aruba last summer and it was wonderful. My family laughed at me beforehand, but my 14 year old daughter loved it.  I have butterfly bushes and lavender and some other plants that butterflies like. I will be sure to add milkweed this year. Thanks!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 11 years ago

I have a huge butterfly bush which attracts a lot of butterflys. Do the monarchs go for it?

Posted by Leslie Prest (Prest Realty) over 11 years ago

C - Thanks for posting this on behalf of the Monarch butterflies.  When I was a kid we had an abundance of Monarch and Swallow Tail butterflies here in the Sacramento region. . .BUT not so much in recent decades.  It would be wonderful to help restore their habitat, and nurture them back to the prolific numbers of years past.


Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago

Lise, that sounds so cool. I bet it was really lovely. I can't wait to plant butterfly plants on my property. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Leslie, I'm still learning about them with the kids. I really don't know.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Mryl, they are truly beautiful and it would be lovely, indeed. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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