SILVER LAKE — Sandy Driscoll spent the last couple of weeks doing her part to increase the population of Monarch butterflies, whose numbers have plunged so low that they might be declared an endangered species. She planted a couple of native milkweed plants – essential in creating a butterfly habitat – and then waited. After seeing two generations of caterpillars, Driscoll’s patience paid off last week.
“I was rewarded this morning by seeing this stunning Monarch alight on the milkweed blossoms,” Driscoll said.
Driscoll says it easy to create a butterfly habitat and then observe the four stages of life: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and finally butterfly. Planting Milkweed is key to attracting and raising Monarchs. “The only plant on which the Monarch lays her eggs and the only thing that the caterpillars eat are milkweed plants, so I bought a couple of them, hoping for the best,” said Driscoll, who purchased her plants at Sunset Nursery.
There are plenty of resources online that show how to raise Monarchs, including a five-part video series.
“I am so thrilled,” Driscoll said. “It’s quite easy and so very rewarding.”