Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

Question and Answer

Is there any value of habitat that has nectar sources but no milkweed sources for monarchs? Or, is the push really to focus on milkweed in the habitat?

Monarchs need milkweed throughout the spring and summer to successful reproduce. However, in addition to milkweed plants, nectar sources are extremely important for adult monarchs throughout the breeing and migratory seasons. Nectar sources are of highest priority during the fall migration, when adults are storing energy to survive the winter at their overwintering locations. All habitat restoration efforts should plan for both milkweeds and nectar sources.

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