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Monarch Butterflies and Beneficial Insects

Help Save the Monarch Butterflies! Plant Milkweed!

There has been a sharp decrease in the Monarch population over the last fifteen years. Monarchs used to number over a billion and have decreased to around 50 million! That may seem like a lot, but it is dangerously low. The Monarch Caterpillar only has ONE source plant, Milkweed (Asclepias).  Urban development, increased use of herbicides in commercial agriculture, and the demolition of millions of acres of grasslands in the Midwest have destroyed much of the Monarch host plant! How can you help? It is simple; plant Milkweed! Not only will you help save the Monarchs, you will get to enjoy their beauty right in the comfort of your own backyard!

Butterfly Bush

Monarch Butterfly On FlowersProperly named, the butterfly bush attracts dozens of different kinds of butterflies and is a favorite of the hummingbird. It is an inexpensive shrub that comes in several different colors.

The butterfly bush begins blooming between late May and early June and continues into early fall. It is a very low-maintenance shrub and requires little care once established. The plant must be pruned to control growth as it is a rapid grower and will exceed 10' in height and width. Thrives in full sun but can manage partial shade.

Live Butterfly Garden

 

Live butterfly gardenA Family Favorite since 1969, from the Original Butterflies-By-Mail Company! Watch the Miracle of Metamorphosis in your own home or classroom! The Live Butterfly Garden offers children the invaluable lessons of metamorphosis, science, patterns, patience, and life cycle studies. Give the Magic of Metamorphosis to a child you love.

 

Beneficial Insects

People used to say, “The only good bug is a dead bug!” They used strong chemicals to try and kill every creature in their yard. Now we know that can be dangerous to us and our planet. We know it’s better to work with Mother Nature instead of against her. -Orcon Natural Pest Control

What better way to control garden and pest problems than naturally with beneficial insects! We now carry Lady Bugs, Nematodes and Earthworms!

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