|Female Monarch on Arizona Milkweed, Asclepias angustifolia|
|Queen larva in "J"|
|Scalped Desert Milkweed, Asclepias subulata|
|Desert Milkweed, Asclepias subulata|
Instead, water all milkweeds more frequently for the next month to encourage fresh growth after our dry winter. Female monarchs frequently lay eggs on fresh new "leaves" and this is the perfect food for the tiny caterpillars. They usually cannot chew the thicker milkweed stalks until they are 4th and 5th instar larvae. More water will encourage a quicker bloom and females will often lay their eggs on the flowers as well.
|First monarch of spring!|
Get your garden ready and enjoy the butterflies that visit. Join us (Southwest Monarch Study) on a Field Trip this Saturday to Desert Survivor's Plant Nursery in Tucson. The tour will be led by Nursery Director Jim Verrier and you'll learn how to grow the best Monarch Waystation and Butterfly Garden in the desert. Meet in the parking lot (1020 West Starr Pass Boulevard) at 9:30. We'll have Monarch Waystation brochures and planting information available to start your list. We will also have a carpool from the Phoenix area meeting at Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street in Scottsdale. (Northwest corner of 64th St & Oak.) Meet at 7:15 a.m. - we leave promptly at 7:30 a.m. Bring a sack lunch, water and snacks.
You can also plan ahead and download our SW Monarch Study publication: Low Desert Monarch Waystations. We'll be creating publications for other elevations in Arizona soon. Jim Verrier will share information at Desert Survivors about milkweeds he has for higher elevations as well.