Today there was no way to not just sit and look at what was happening on the flowers in the yard. What is seen in these photos is but an example of what is taking place here. Folks have stopped their walk to gaze and I am simply filled with joy knowing some of our plantings and then the watering throughout the season has produced such an outpouring of attention from the monarchs. There are five butterflies in the second photo! I think my readers will be able to find them. The first photo was just one of those perfectly timed pics. We all need to make a concerted effort to plant blooms that will attract these butterflies and assist them at this time of hardship.
Several days ago Kay Gundlach brought her camera along on a walk so to photograph monarch butterflies. She noticed they were flying about the flowers on our lawn and spent some time snapping away. Her series of photos are well worth the look.
As we know there is much concern about the reduced number of these natural treasures. That is why it is so important for people like Gundlach to call attention to the butterfly and ways we can act more in accord with nature to make sure they are not harmed.
Monarchs are facing the biggest threat to their species due to the use of glysophate, better known as Roundup, a herbicide popular with home owners and a staple of the agriculture industry. Crops such as corn and soybeans have been genetically modified so that they are resistant to Roundup. This means that the herbicide will eliminate all other plants leaving the crop aside. Milkweed happens to be one the plants that get killed by Roundup, the only plant that monarch butterfly lays eggs on. It is also the only plant the monarch caterpillars will eat so killing milkweed means killing monarch.