Four types of butterflies have become extinct during the last century. In the last 5 years, 30% of the national bee population and nearly a third of all bee colonies in the United States have disappeared. What can you do to help the honey bee and butterfly population? Plant milkweed near your gardens, in your yard and community spaces! Bees and butterflies depend on plants like milkweed to survive. Adult monarch butterflies can collect nectar from many flowers, but their offspring eat only milkweed to reach the next stage of growth – without milkweed plants, there will be no monarch butterflies.
Photo by Dr. Jaret Daniels