3/12/2014 12:01:00 AM Letter: Help butterfly by cultivating milkweed
To the Editor:
The common milkweed plant is not a thing of beauty. Drab and homely, it is often eradicated in favor of showier plants or pristine beaches. But the monarch caterpillar feeds entirely on milkweed, eventually transforming into one of nature's most beautiful, ethereal creatures. Without milkweed plants there would be no monarch butterflies flashing their brilliant orange and black against Michigan's clear blue sky.
A national effort is under way to restore the dwindling population of monarch butterflies by cultivating common milkweed. I encourage all property owners to learn to recognize milkweed and to resist the urge to uproot or poison it. Even better, find some place to plant it! There is plenty of information on the internet about where to buy milkweed seed and how to grow it. One good site is livemonarch.com.