Got Milkweed?

If asked to name one type of butterfly, most Canadians would likely respond: “monarch.” The brightly coloured insect was once ubiquitous across the country, but pesticide use and habitat loss have decimated the species, with the total population dropping by as much as 80 percent over the past 20 years. Monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed and the plant is the only food source for monarch caterpillars. With that in mind, organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation are encouraging homeowners (and landscapers) to plant milkweed on their properties to help save this important pollinator.

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