Episode 21: Monarch Butterflies and Idaho Native Milkweeds

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.

monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) via wikimedia commons

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.

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
Mexican whorled milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)
swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

See also: Idaho’s Native Milkweeds


This episode aired on Radio Boise in July 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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