Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ABC Wednesday - M is for Monarch

Kansas Prairie
                                                                          M is for MONARCH

Monarch is such a beautiful butterfly and we see many of them in Kansas.  The Monarch is also known as the Milkweed Butterfly.

I did  some research on wickipedia and found out some interesting facts:

The Monarch can be found in a wide range of habitats such as fields, meadows, prairies (Kansas), parks, gardens and roadsides.  The milkweed is the host plant.

Each fall clouds of 70 million Monarchs fly from a small mexican village (Anganqueo) and migrate the fartherst distance than any other butterly.  Anganquo is where the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is located.



Aren't they exqusite!!!!


I have quite a few in my yard in the fall around my Sedum Plants.

 A local school in our district has a Butterly Garden.
It was developed as a habitat for Monarch and all other butterflies.  The garden has plenty of Milkweed which is the only plant that Monarchs will lay their eggs on.  Kindergarten and Preschool students get hands on science experience of watching the entire life cycle of a butterfly.  They can see the eggs, watch the caterpillars grow bigger and see the cocoon and eventually the adult butterlies.   Their goal is to help the children appreciate nature.  They teach the  children not to pick or damage plants because that plant is home to many animals. 

The schools mascot is also the Monarch and my daughter taught their for a number of years.

I'm linking with ABC Wednesday @http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com
Ann

14 comments:

Lori @ Photograph Life said...

WOW! Great capture!

Carol said...

Great post for the May! The monarchs are beautiful!

Joy said...

That is a great teaching scheme. A butterfly is always a joyous sight.
Joy - ABC Team

Roger Owen Green said...

love, love monarchs
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Gordon said...

Beautiful; great shots. Monarch's used to be prevalent in Adelaide, but I haven't seen many in recent years. I was excited to see lots of them while riding on a rail trail in Southern Victoria a couple of weeks ago.

ChrisJ said...

What would we do without Wikipedia! I was curious so I researched Wikipedia! That was interesting.

Reader Wil said...

These are such beautiful butterflies. I love this orange colour. Good choice for M!

Kara said...

They are so beautiful

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Great post sis! I love the monarch too.

Deserae said...

The butterflies are so beautiful....I always enjoy them in my flower garden :o) Thanks for sharing that little tidbit....
~Des

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my garden. I peeked at your blog. So fun. I'll be back.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

wow, we have a few here in Orlando, wouldn't you love to see a cloud of Monarchs fly by!! What a sight! This is why I love blogging...I learn so much!

Carol

Jaime Clark said...

They are exquisite - colours so precise they seem to be painted on.

Annesphamily said...

I enjoyed this post a lot. I love butterflies.So charming and light! Reminds me of rebirth at Easter time!

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