Look who stopped at one of our civic gardens!
A Monarch Butterfly is drinking nectar from a Butterfly Weed at the Stony Brook Nature Butterfly Garden. This garden is one of a dozen gardens maintained by the Garden Club of Norfolk.
Did you know?
- Monarchs are mostly found in North America, Australia, New Zealand.
- Their adult life span is about 4-6 weeks.
- Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants. Butterfly weed is a milkweed.
- Monarchs are the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do and the longest insect migration-2,880 miles.
- The orange of a Monarch Butterfly’s wings is a warning color telling predators that the butterfly will taste bad or could be toxic.
- Monarchs smell with their antennae. Nectar and water are tasted by the sensory hairs on their legs and feet.
- Monarch caterpillars have been known to devour a whole milkweed leaf in under five minutes. They eat 200 times their weight in milkweed.
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