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100 Plants to Feed the Monarch | Book Suggestion

April 15, 2021

[Posted by Chuck Almdale, suggested by Marsha Collins]

[Note: Marsha Collins of the Malibu Monarch Project sent this in. Previous blogs (here and here) have briefly mentioned appropriate food plants for the adults Monarch Butterflies. The title of this book shows that they feed on a wide variety of plants, unlike Monarch caterpillars which feed only on milkweed leaves.]

The following is a book announcement from the Xerces Society.

100 Plants to Feed the Monarch
By The Xerces Society

The plight of the monarch butterfly has captured public attention and sparked widespread interest in helping to save their dwindling populations. We are excited to announce the release of our new book, which provides an in-depth portrait of the monarch butterfly — covering its life cycle, its remarkable relationship with milkweed, its extraordinary migration, and the threats it now faces due to habitat loss and climate change.

This book includes at-a-glance profiles of plants that provide monarchs with nourishment. The plants, which are all commercially available, range from dozens of species of milkweed to numerous flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that provide nectar for the adult butterfly, including those that bloom in late season and sustain monarchs in their great migration.

Gorgeous photographs of monarchs and plants, plus illustrations, maps, and garden plans, make this a visually engaging guide, which will help you make room for monarchs in your community!

Books are available in the Xerces Society Gift Center for a tax-deductible donation that supports our essential conservation work.

The Xerces Society has a collection of books on this page which also look interesting and useful.

  • 100 Plants to Feed the Bees
  • Attracting Native Pollinators
  • Farming with Native Beneficial Insects
  • Gardening for Butterflies

The Xerces Society’s mission is to protect wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization.


Final Note: I find the bees visiting our native California flowering plants almost as interesting as the butterflies. They’re not honeybees and there are often hundreds of them working over the blossoms. I suppose they’re native bees, many – perhaps most – of which are so-called solitary bees that don’t live in hives but live lonely lives in tunnels in the soil. I’ve been stung many times by honeybees – nearly always my own fault for annoying them – but these bees have no hives, don’t feel compelled to defend their territories, and have never shown any interest in stinging me. If anyone knows more about these bees and their lives, send me a blog or a link and I’ll post it.

2 Comments
  1. Debbie Campion permalink
    May 1, 2021 1:37 pm

    Just finished reading Jonathan Slaght’s owls of the eastern ice and it is incredible! Thank God there are dedicated people trying to protect wildlife that mankind is so determined to destroy!!

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    • Chukar permalink*
      May 1, 2021 2:00 pm

      The difficulties he encountered and the information gathered reminded me of Alfred Russell Wallace’s book, The Malay Archipelago. He encountered terrific difficulties year after year. He though up his original (at that time) theory of evolution while lying on his bed in a malarial fever. Among many other things, he discovered the great differences in flora and fauna in Indonesia, with Asian life ending at what we now call the “Wallace Line” and Australian life starting there and continuing eastward. This became support for the later theory of plate tectonics, which itself explained why this biological discontinuity existed. Prior to that, he explored and collected in South America for many years, only to lose his entire collection when his boat encountered stormy weather on its way back to England. Science was rough in those days, and still can be, as Slaght’s book describes.

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