More Milk­weed, Please!


The Monarch But­ter­fly lays its eggs on the milk­weed plant, and when those eggs hatch and the young emerge, they eat milk­weed to get big­ger and stronger. In fact, they eat only milk­weed — and there’s a good rea­son for that. The sap of this plant comes in par­tic­u­larly handy for this species be­cause preda­tors re­ally hate the taste of it. So when young Mon­archs chow down on this plant, preda­tors are less likely to try to eat them.

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