Monar­chs thrive in Is­land gar­den

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

A male Monarch but­ter­fly, newly emerged from its week-long chrysalis home, rests for a while be­side a paint­ing by Is­land artist Donna Aitken. The Monarch will soon join dozens of oth­ers that have de­vel­oped from eggs first laid in late June in a Strat­ford gar­den by one rare vis­i­tor, which may have be­gun her life in one of the New Eng­land States. Milk­weed, a na­tive P.E.I. wild­flower, grown in the gar­den, has sus­tained for a month the eggs, cater­pil­lars and chrysalides; now the mixed adults will ei­ther re­main to feed on the flow­er­ing milk­weed, mate and pro­duce a last “su­per gen­er­a­tion” which will fly from the Is­land in Au­gust, or just en­joy the flow­ers and warmth be­fore leav­ing for them­selves. Ei­ther way the great mi­gra­tion of the Monar­chs across the con­ti­nent to the win­ter­ing grounds in Cen­tral Mex­ico in the fall should in­clude in its masses some that be­gan their tiny lives right here.

To see the Is­land Monar­chs on the mi­gra­tion map please go to www. html

John Silk,


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