The monarch butterfly is known as the “Ambassador of the Americas” for its amazing multi-generational migration across Canada, the US, and Mexico. Texas plays two important roles: in the fall, millions of monarchs pass through Texas on their way to their overwintering habitat in Mexico, and in the spring, the returning butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed here to create the next generation. Successive generations expand the butterfly population up into Canada. Support the migration by planting milkweed and spring and fall nectar flowers!
Monarchs are returning to our area, looking for flowers to drink nectar from and for milkweed to lay eggs on. In a few days, the eggs will hatch into hungry caterpillars! This first generation will fly further north to lay their eggs.
The City Council-of Fort Worth has proclaimed October 6th to be Monarch Butterfly Day. To view the proclamation click here.
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We respectfully acknowledge that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is located on traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples. We honor the ancestry, heritage, and gifts of all Indigenous Peoples who were sustained by these lands and give thanks to them. We are grateful that these lands continue to provide enrichment for many people today. [More…]