Monarch butterflies are the state insect of Idaho. They are a charismatic insect, and concern about their decline is often featured in mainstream media. As a migrating insect, their life cycle is particularly fascinating. Casey helps us understand just how amazing these creatures are.
The survival of the monarch butterfly relies on the availability of milkweed; but not just any milkweed. For the sake of local ecology, planting milkweed species native to our region should be a top priority. There are six species of milkweed native to Idaho, and Daniel describes three of the most common ones.
See also: Idaho’s Native Milkweeds