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How to Support the Monarch Migration

These plants will help the monarch thrive from larva to butterfly

A monarch butterfly enjoying meadow blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis, Zones 3-8). Photo: Fred Wiman

While monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) can be found in most of the United States at some point in their migration, those of us living in the Southern Plains states are specially positioned to witness them traveling along their central migratory corridor, which runs through Texas and Oklahoma. Most of the North American monarch population is found east of the Rockies, and this eastern population makes a single-generation migration south every fall to their overwintering ground in central Mexico. This is followed by a multigeneration migration north again the following spring as they move back into North America. Gardeners living along their central migratory corridor have a special opportunity to support the migration of these beautiful creatures.

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