The butterfly population is crashing! Since 1992 the
Monarch butterfly population has dropped over 80%.
Monarch butterflies are the only kind of butterflies who
migrate. Their migration path is roughly 3,000 miles! For
the winter, they fly south to Mexico then in the spring they
migrate back to start reproducing. Lucky for us, Texas is on
the list of the many places the Monarchs travel!!
Here’s how you can help save these beautiful butterflies: Make a Butterfly Garden...
Create your Butterfly Garden in FULL SUN (5+ hours of sun a day).
Butterflies like to feed in the hot sun and most of their favorite plants live well in
full sun. Plant many flowering feeder plants and leafy host plants for them.
Specifically plant Milkweed for the Monarch butterflies!
- Include Buddleia, Zinnia, Shasta Daisy, Aster, Lantana, Black-Eyed Susan,
Daylily, Lavender, Pipevine, Passion Vine, Fennel, Dill, Rue, and Vitex.
- Adult butterflies need the flowers to feed, so make sure you pick things that have
all different bloom times.
- Keep in mind that butterflies are attracted to Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink, and
Butterflies get thirsty, too!
- When they are in their caterpillar form, they ONLY eat Milkweed.
- Here at Shades of Green, we carry three (3) different varieties of Milkweed –
Perennial Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, and also Iron Milkweed.
Avoid using insecticides and bug killing products.
- Provide a “puddling area” or drinking area as a congregation spot. Fill a shallow
pan or saucer with moist, course, sand so they can grab a drink and not have to
worry about getting their wings wet.
- Have some flat stones nearby, so they can bask, rest, or warm their wings before
- These harm the butterflies, along with other beneficial bugs (like bees). We need
these bugs as pollinators to keep our plants happy.
The Butterfly Life Cycle...
Click HERE to download the Save the Butterflies coloring sheet.
- The parent butterfly lays the eggs on the underside of the Milkweed plant’s leaves.
- The eggs hatch as larva and begin to feed on the Milkweed plant.
- They go through 5 stages of growth as caterpillars.
- The caterpillars then enter the pupation stage, attaching to horizontal parts of the
- Then the caterpillar encases itself in its chrysalis.
- About 2 weeks after the chrysalis is formed they emerge as beautiful butterflies!