Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Build a Butterfly Garden

To most Canadians the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a sure sign of summer. Yet catching a glimpse of this seasonal icon along roadsides and fields is becoming an increasingly rare event.

While not at immediate risk of extinction, monarch populations are being monitored for signs of trouble. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has listed the monarch butterfly as a species of “special concern” since 1997.

A wonderful way to help monarch butterflies is to create a butterfly haven in your own backyard or balcony. Follow these guidelines for the most successful monarch butterfly garden, and learn all about the life cycle of these delicate creatures in Nature Canada's online Monarch Butterfly guide.

You can also find out why monarchs are also known as the "Milkweed Butterfly."


IndianWildlifeClub said...

Housewives around the world can play a part in protecting many endangered butterflies, if they accept the fact that butterflies are nature's best gardeners.

Have a look at the butterflies I spotted in my back-yard garden