Milkweed and Monarchs — Fluttering Beauty
Each year with the arrival of spring, nature rewards us with the colorful and silent annual dance of the butterflies as they flutter around The Woodlands.
Monarchs, with their beautiful bright orange and black wings, are the only species of butterfly that attempt to make a round-trip migration from North to Latin America. Interestingly, the lifespan of a breeding monarch is only about 3 to 6 weeks so different generations of butterflies “pass the baton” at various intervals to make the important ancestral trip.
In March, butterflies heading back north from Mexico will be looking for their favorite plants to lay their eggs on. Texas is lucky to be situated along this migratory pathway with The Woodlands offering up its milkweed plants—perfect for butterfly breeding. As a result, the spring season in The Woodlands announces its annual arrival with a visual feast of dizzying orange and black delicate wing wave winks for all of us to enjoy!
To celebrate, local area photographers Glenn Siegert and Joan Tilton offer up their fresh lens on these tiny-winged wonders some of which are sipping on wild red clover flowers.
To learn more about butterflies and what plants attract them, please click here.
And to read about an incredible Woodlands resident’s monarch butterfly wing repair featured last spring, click here.