Monarch Butterflies

I love monarch butterflies! Butterflies in general are so whimsical and make me feel 12 again. I was lurking through my media files and happened upon this folder labeled ‘fall walk’. Well, that was a pretty uneventful title for a nice set of pretty flutter-bys!! I’m not even sure where these were taken, but who cares ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just enjoy them.




imageThey like the late season bonanza found on Joe Pye Weed and the Queen Anne’s Lace make nice landing pads.

The origin of names has always fascinated me. So, who was Joe Pye? I found a website/blog that did quite a large amount of research on the topic. You can read the full post here at: Prairie Works – Land Stewardship & Ecological Restoration. However, if you want the Cliff’s Notes version:

Joseph Pye of Stockbridge could have had an ancestor from Salem who treated colonists for typhus thereby making his โ€œfame and fortune,โ€ or his name might have been a corruption from a hypothetical Indian word for typhus or some similar disease.ย  But I ask: Why not embrace the hard evidence that Joseph Pye was a Mohegan sachem who lived in western Massachusetts precisely where Eaton tells us that โ€œJoe Pyeโ€™s Weedโ€ was in โ€œcommon useโ€ as a treatment for typhus; that he lived his notable life there just a few decades before Eaton remarks on Joe Pyeโ€™s Weed; that the president of the college where Eaton lectured believed that he successfully treated his fever with a tea made from Joe Pyeโ€™s Weed; that Joseph Pye was educated by Samson Occam, himself an herbalist?ย  All this is substantiated and frankly I believe makes a better story than any borne of speculation.



Of course, monarchs love milkweed. If everyone could just plant a few of these in their yard, we would truly be able to help their populations.


ยฉ Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

25 thoughts on “Monarch Butterflies

    • Many folks poopoo Queen Anne’s lace as a weed ๐Ÿ˜ฏ but many insects use it for food and shelter. I’ve seen a beautiful wedding where it was the main decorating flower and it was divine (they suck up color like carnations)!
      So, because of its ‘weedy’ status, no one is going to be mad at you when you take a few plants from a ROW (right of way) under powerlines or similar area, that is NOT a forest preserve. Seeds can be found there also. Starting from seed needs patience, QAL is a biannual. And dies after 2 years. It will reseed itself tho. If you do go for digging some up, remember they are in the carrot family and have a long trap root (yes, you can eat it!). If possible, look for lower growing ones, which are possibly in their 1st year, so you’ll have flowers this year. They like sunnier areas, but will tolerate some shade. Depending on where you plan to plant them, try to find them growing in the same situation.
      Happy hunting!

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  1. Great pics and yes if everyone would plant a few native milkweeds they Monarcha would have an easier time. Plants are avaialbe from specialized nurseries. In my humble opinion th e4Swamp milkweed does well and is the easiest to grow outside of its nartive habitat. It dioes not re


  2. As I was writing. The swamp does not require as much water when grown out of a swampy habitat as one would think. I hope that I can still get some plants since it is getting a bit late but I had a major thing going on and forgot all about getting some.

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  3. Monarchs are beautiful butterflies, and your photography is fantastic. Now, a monarch story; A few years ago, the family was sitting in Seaside, FL having lunch and we began to notice an unusual number of monarchs fluttering about. As we started paying attention, we noticed that they were all sort of headed out over the Gulf.

    We looked up Monarch’s when we got back to my Dad’s house, and lo and behold, we had just had lunch right in the middle of the monarch fall migration route. They are fascinating creatures.

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