DAYSIDE GARDEN: Monarch butterfly

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 11:38 AM CDT
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Early June is prime butterfly season.
Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel tell us how to get your yard ready for them in today's Dayside Garden.

Our community is becoming more environmentally aware and want to create a landscape that supports beneficial wildlife and insects. 
        
A good example of a native habitat is growing milkweed which is not only very attractive but is the host plant supporting the monarch butterfly caterpillar. 
 
Both the monarch butterfly and some species of milkweed are in decline Florida and other parts of the US.  Homeowners can help by planting native milkweed species in their own backyard.
        
Adult monarch butterflies can feed on a variety of flowers but the milkweed is a necessary plant for the caterpillar and required to complete the butterfly lifecycle. 
DAYSIDE GARDEN: Monarch butterfly
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