The Monarch butterfly is an icon among pollinators – however the decline of vital plant species have put them, along with many other insects, at risk.

Monarch butterflies have developed a specialist relationship with milkweed (Asclepias spp.), evolving to utilize the plants not only nourishment, but also for the protection of their young. Monarchs are just one of the many pollinators/insects that have co-evolved to depend on specific plant species as part of their life cycle. The decline of milkweed along the migration paths of Monarch butterflies poses a risk to their populations. Shedding light on the importance plant-insect relationships inspires the need to help native insects thrive through the help strategic plant selection.

Explore the resources offered by North Creek Nurseries to learn how plant species can be selected to promote and protect a diverse range of pollinators.