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Milkweed Community

The milkweed plant is a host plant for a variety of other insects, not just the Monarch butterfly and caterpillar. The Milkweed Community merits it own page, complete with photos taken in the field of insects that I have found and observed while looking for Monarch caterpillars.

Many insects are attracted to the nectar and pollen of the milkweed flowers, while others feed on the leaves, seeds, stems, or roots. The milkweed plant has attractions from the top of its showy flowers down to the stem, leaf, and root. Predatory insects, such as Mantids and Arachnids are attracted to the abundant prey population, including Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars!