Monarchs and Milkweed – Episode 16

| August 14, 2012 | 14 Replies

In this episode, I visit Loree Bryer, citizen scientist for the Monarch Butterfly in her milkweed habitat garden in Mar Vista, California. Come see what we discover on this day in late June. View here or in high resolution on YouTube.

Thanks for watching! – Kaye

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  1. Looking very glamorous again today Kaye! Love butterflies, my grandfather who came from County Mayo in Ireland used to call them faeries because of their supposed magical quality. You learn something every day as I didn’t realise the monarchs only lay single eggs either. Another kick ass video!
    PS Love the outakes too!

  2. Ms. Bryer is wise (and her neighbors are fortunate) to have a milkweed garden in her yard to ensure a steady population of Monarchs in her neighborhood.

    Many years ago, my wife and I lived in Santa Cruz, California, near Natural Bridges State Beach. A eucalyptus grove near the parking lot is a winter resting spot of Monarchs migrating from the Rockies. Thousands of butterflies wait there for the return of warm weather. Fantastic!

    • Thanks for writing. Yes, I wish I could have made a 10 minute episode and that information would have been in there. We did cover it that day, but, it didn’t make the cut. Glad you enjoyed it! – Kaye

  3. edythe preet says:

    Hi Kaye – I planted milkweed when I began my garden 9 years ago and every year it comes back her and there around the yard as the floaty seeds replant themselves. And every year monarchs visit the garden, saw two this morning! I also planted fennel which I was told attracts Swallowtail butterflies. – Edythe

  4. Marie Rowe says:

    Fascinating, Kaye. Loved it. Your shows are truly amazing in the knowledge you are sharing and the delightful way you put it all together.



    Sent from my iPad

  5. Great show! Loved learning more about butterflies!

  6. oceannah says:

    Well done Kaye.

  7. flamidwyfe says:

    Fabulous video! Perfect compliment to following Anna’s monarch story!

  8. Tony says:

    Great video! I have two quick corrections on the content.

    1. Monarch caterpillars WILL eat the flowers of milkweed plants, but usually prefer the leaves.
    2. The ‘courting’ dance pointed out is usually NOT a courting dance, but two males vying for territory of a garden.

    Keep up the good work, Tony

    • Thank you, Tony. 1) That probably explains why the wasp was carefully going over those flower buds. 2) Interesting, makes sense. Yesterday, I was in a small Los Angeles park watching a Shakespeare performance. The park was no more than a half acre surrounded by apartment buildings, and a couple of Swallowtails dancing around threatened to upstage the show, or they added to the show. I thought, why don’t I learn about Swallowtails next? What plant is over there that has attracted them? Thanks for contributing and thanks for watching! I hope you will check out my other Late Bloomer episodes. – Kaye

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