Monarchs thrive in Island garden
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. learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch. html