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  Posted: April 14, 2016      Views: 183

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Retired to the Carolinas to be near grandchildren. Enjoys her family, yoga, gardening, nature, hiking and writing. She didn't start writing until after retirement 10 years ago. Her poems are all over the place but usually are about childhood m - more...

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Plant milkweed for the monarchs
"Milkweed and Monarchs" by Jmf4119

The lovely monarch butterfly
Sheer beauty to behold
They migrate from the north to south
On wings of black and gold.

The blossom of the milkweed plant
Sustains their epic flight
Along the roads and countryside
It grows to their delight.

To some the milkweed should be banned
Just like the goldenrod
The monarchs think that just one sip's
Like nectar from the gods.

Without the native milkweed plants
These monarchs won't survive
But if their habitat is right
Our world will see them thrive.



Author Notes
The milkweed plant is the only plant where the monarch will lay its eggs.

Each fall, monarchs funnel from eastern North America toward central Mexico where they aggregate until March when the next generation begins its journey north into Texas and southern states, laying eggs and nectaring as they migrate and breed.
Western monarchs gather to roost in eucalyptus, Monterey cypress, Monterey pine, and other trees along the Pacific coastline of California.

Between pesticides and herbicides along with the deforestation of the mountains in Mexico and California, the monarch butterflies numbers are dramatically decreasing.

As we modernize and reduce pollinator plants around the world, similar species are also in danger.

There are many websites that will further explain the plight of the monarchs like: and

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