|Swamp milkweed (Ascelpias incarnata) is native to moist soils|
|Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) grows|
in dry prairies, barrens and savannahs
Below are photos of the 4 stages of evolution of the moarch from egg to butterfly to aid in identifying monarch activity:
|Monarch eggs and hatching larvae (caterpillar)|
|Monarch metamorphosis (caterpillar to chrysalis to emerging butterfly)|
I don't believe any butterflies have ever made use of my butterfly house anywhere we've lived, but I carefully pieced the rotting wood back together adding a few stone embellishments to cover some of the biggest gaps last year. It's such a lovely structure I just can't bear to part with it yet.
If one looks carefully a variety of metal insects can be discovered scattered among the plants in our yard.
|...turns into a beautiful butterfly|
|A butterfly with glass wings|
|A hanging butterfly swings in the breeze|