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Magnificent Monarchs in Mississippi

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The Monarch Butterfly & Mississippi's Milkweed

Did You Know?

* Monarch Butterflies need milkweed for food?

* Mississippi is home to 18 species of milkweed?

* Roadsides and fields are the most common places to find milkweed?

* Monarchs are disappearing at an alarming rate?

* You can help save the Monarch!

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Green Milkweed

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Learn about monarchs!

Monarch butterflies undergo four life history stages: Egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult (butterfly). Monarchs travel through Mississippi twice per year. Look for Monarchs from late March to mid-May and from mid-August through October. 

Report your sightings on the Journey North Website!

Why Roadsides?

Roadsides are critical habitats for migrating butterflies because they act as habitat corridors along the migration route. Roadsides offer vast stretches of open habitat for milkweed and other wildflowers to grow. Butterflies and other pollinating insects can utilize these habitats for refuge and nourishment.

Mississippi is a key part of the Monarch migration every year. Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico and back. That's an incredible journey! Along their route, Monarchs depend on milkweed as a food source for caterpillars. Mississippi's highways are home to several species of milkweed. The most common species is green milkweed.

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Green Milkweed Seed Pod

You Can Help!

* Plan mowing schedules around the critical period for Monarchs.

* Plant native milkweed species. 

* Plant native wildflowers to encourage pollination and attract adult butterflies.

* Spread the word!