Iconic is the most appropriate word to describe the Monarch butterfly. Most of us have fond childhood
memories of the unmistakable orange and black beauty flitting around the blue sky on sunny summer
days. They were everywhere — and their presence was so magnificent. Their name, in Greek, means
“sleepy transformation” in recognition of their ability to hibernate and metamorphize — and if you’ve ever
watched it happen through a glass jar, you understand why.
If you’ve been feeling like you don’t see as many Monarch butterflies as you remember seeing 5, 10, or
20 years ago, you’re not imagining things. Loss of habitat, along with pesticides and the eradication of the
Monarch butterfly’s host plant (Milkweed), has resulted in Monarch butterflies becoming endangered.
When we hear about an endangered species, it’s hard not to feel helpless and insignificant. But, unlike
with many endangered species, you — yes, you! — hold real power to make a positive difference in
protecting the Monarch butterfly and helping their populations thrive right in your own backyard. Here are
some easy ideas to get you started. Let's make a positive difference together!
How to attract and keep Monarchs in your butterfly garden
Helping Monarch butterflies to thrive in your garden requires some basic knowledge of their life cycle and
migration paths, so that you know how to support them through these two journeys they take in their
lifetime. You will also need some ideas for garden layouts and plants they love.