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Monarch Waystation Project (3 Galleries)

The FWG has been the lucky recipient of a grant to create a large Monarch Butterfly Waystation on our site. We registered the entire 15 acres as a waystation, and we are continuing to add to the hundreds of plants that provide nectar for monarchs (and for other butterflies too). We have also planted scores of milkweeds, both common and swamp species, which are the larval food of monarch caterpillars.

The beautiful and iconic monarch butterfly has been declining, for many reasons, and people throughout its range in North America are doing much to help these majestic butterflies. By doing so, they are also helping other butterflies and pollinating insects, all of whom benefit from bountiful plantings of milkweed and other nectar sources.

We have compiled this gallery showing monarchs nectaring on various flowers and will update when new photos are taken. We also show some photos of monarchs at rest on various plants, but not necessarily nectar plants. Separate galleries are devoted to the earlier stages in the monarch's life cycle, milkweed plants, and other critters that use milkweeds.

For more information on the Monarch Waystation Project, please see: Monarch Waystation Project

Monarch Caterpillars, Eggs, and Chrysalises (Danaus plexippus)
:: Monarch Caterpillars, Eggs, and Chrysalises (Danaus plexippus) ::
Milkweed plants (Asclepias)
:: Milkweed plants (Asclepias) ::
Other Critters on Milkweed plants
:: Other Critters on Milkweed plants ::
Monarch butterfly on Verbena bonariensis
Monarch butterfly on Verbena bonariensis
Monarch butterfly on Verbena bonariensis
Monarch butterfly on Verbena bonariensis
Monarch nectaring on hydrangea
Monarch nectaring on hydrangea
Monarch nectaring on hydrangea (close-up)
Monarch nectaring on hydrangea (close-up)
Monarch nectaring on zinnia
Monarch nectaring on zinnia
Monarch nectaring on sow thistle (Sonchus)
Monarch nectaring on sow thistle (Sonchus)
Monarch Butterfly lifecycle
Monarch Butterfly lifecycle
Monarch butterfly  nectaring on butterfly bush (Buddleia)
Monarch butterfly nectaring on butterfly bush (Buddleia)
Monarch nectaring on buckwheat flowers
Monarch nectaring on buckwheat flowers
Newly emerged monarch
Newly emerged monarch
Monarch nectaring on common milkweed
Monarch nectaring on common milkweed
Monarch nectaring on lantana
Monarch nectaring on lantana
Monarchs nectaring on lantana
Monarchs nectaring on lantana
Monarch nectaring on balsam ragwort (Senecio pauperculus)
Monarch nectaring on balsam ragwort (Senecio pauperculus)
Monarch nectaring on  bull  thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on chives
Monarch nectaring on chives
Monarch  nectaring on chives
Monarch nectaring on chives
Monarch nectaring on goat's-beard
Monarch nectaring on goat's-beard
Monarch nectaring on Wild oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on Wild oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on Viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on Viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Monarch nectaring on coneflower  (Echinacea purpurea)
Monarch nectaring on coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Monarch nectaring on coneflower  (Echinacea purpurea)
Monarch nectaring on coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Monarch nectaring on queen anne's lace (Daucus carota)
Monarch nectaring on queen anne's lace (Daucus carota)
Monarch nectaring on queen  anne's lace (Daucus carota)
Monarch nectaring on queen anne's lace (Daucus carota)
Monarch nectaring on comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Monarch nectaring on comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Monarch nectaring on common burdock (Arctium minus)
Monarch nectaring on common burdock (Arctium minus)
Monarch nectaring on  new england asters (Aster novae-angliae)
Monarch nectaring on new england asters (Aster novae-angliae)
Monarch nectaring on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Monarch nectaring on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Monarch nectaring on joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Monarch nectaring on joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Monarch nectaring on joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Monarch nectaring on joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Monarch  nectaring on red clover (Trifolium pratense)
Monarch nectaring on red clover (Trifolium pratense)
Monarch nectaring on hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officnale)
Monarch nectaring on hound's-tongue (Cynoglossum officnale)
Male Monarch nectaring on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Male Monarch nectaring on swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Monarch nectaring on Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Monarch nectaring on Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Monarch on Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Monarch on Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Monarch nectaring on Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Monarch nectaring on Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Monarch butterfly  (Danaus plexippus) resting on Sorghum
Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) resting on Sorghum
Monarch nectaring on cosmos
Monarch nectaring on cosmos
Mating monarchs
Mating monarchs
Mating monarchs
Mating monarchs