25 Sep '11, 3pm

Make life easier for migrating butterflies and hummingbirds by growing plants that provide food and rest stops

Make life easier for migrating butterflies and hummingbirds by growing plants that provide food and rest stops

Meanwhile, the fall migration of the monarch butterfly also is underway. The northernmost members of the species in eastern North America leave Canada in late summer. According to Nicole Hamilton of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in Virginia, as many as 85,000 monarchs have been counted in Cape May, New Jersey, between September 22 and November 21. The last stragglers don’t arrive at their overwintering sites in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico until December. Monarchs in western North America travel from as far north as British Columbia to winter along the California coast. Among the other butterflies that undertake migrations of various lengths are the painted lady, red admiral, common buckeye, long-tailed skipper, clouded skipper and cloudless sulfur. A few drifts of fall-blooming native wildflowers in your yard can help make migration a little less arduous for th...

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