Monarch Butterflies in Michigan
Milkweed grows in abundance here along the roadside and natural areas. It is wonderful to see such a plentiful food source for them.
The monarchs are the only butterflies known to make a two-way migration. When the days begin to shorten, the monarchs will begin their fall migration southward usually around mid-August to early September.
They will be traveling through my garden starting late September. You can find the peak dates for your area by checking out Monarch Watch website here.
Researchers are still studying these butterflies and you can help by tagging monarchs you find in your garden. Kits can be ordered from the Monarch Watch site. It is easy to do and all the instructions are available on-line.