A southern monarch migration with Living Acres
With an over 2,500-mile migration, monarch butterflies are the only insects that migrate each year to a warmer climate. With the recent weather shift to cooler temperatures, monarchs have already begun their southern migration to the oyamel fir forests of Mexico and parts of Southern California, such as Pacific Grove, home of California’s eucalyptus trees.
There are two main reasons monarch butterflies migrate. First, they cannot withstand cold weather in the northern and central continental climates during the winter. Along with that, milkweed, the larval food plant, does not grow in the overwintering sites, so the spring generation must fly back north to places where the plants are plentiful.
To help the monarchs in their migration to and from the overwintering sites, the pollinator habitats need to exist along the monarch migration path. These habitats typically consist of blooming plant species for the monarch butterfly’s food source, but most importantly, they also consist of milkweed. The milkweed plant is vital to the regrowth of the monarch population, as it is the only plant monarch butterflies lay their eggs on and the only plant the caterpillars will eat.
To educate farm families on how they can help maintain milkweed habitat for monarch, BASF’s Living Acres crew is hitting the road to attend upcoming events along the main monarch flyway in the United States.
Those interested in this initiative can visit the Living Acres booth in the next few months, as the Monarch Challenge travels to the Ozark Fall Farmfest, October 5–7 in Springfield, Missouri, and the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, November 27–29 in Amarillo, Texas.
Please visit us to learn more about the Monarch Challenge and how to help the monarch population through their southern migration.
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