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Monarchs and Milkweed

16 May

I found this interesting passage in the introduction to Jo Brewer’s book, Wings in the Meadow:

“It is interesting that in the Handbook of Biological Data (1956) the Monarch is listed as a pest.  It is even more difficult to determine the reason for this, since the larva of the Monarch eats nothing but milkweed, which in the same volume is also listed as a  pest.  If milkweed is a pest, then surely something which destroys it ought to be an asset.  But milkweed seems hardly more of a pest than the Monarch.”

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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Monarchs and Milkweed

  1. Ruth

    May 17, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Up until now, milkweed was considered a “noxious weed” in Ontario. I see the designation is changing this year due to lobbying by people concerned about the Monarch butterfly.
    http://www.lfpress.com/2014/03/11/ontario-agriculture-ministry-removing-milkweed-plant-from-noxious-weed-list

     
 
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