The nurseryman was nice and allowed me to take as many Monarch caterpillars as I came across, which turned out to be seven! Yay!
I do love the little creatures so.
Scientific Name: Asclepias linaria
Common Names: Pineneedle Milkweed, Pine-Needle Milkweed, Needle-Leaf Milkweed
Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Desert, Upland
Flower Color: White
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer, Fall (early)
Height: To 5 feet (1.5 m) tall, but usually less
Description: The flowers are in umbel-like, terminal clusters and have 5 reflexed petals and an erect hood that extends beyond the central column. The flower buds are pink. The seed capsules are teardrop-shaped and 2 inches (5 cm) long. The leaves densely line the stems and are dark green, narrowly linear, and resemble pine needles.
Which is why I put in the extra effort and money to take care of the eggs, caterpillars and release as many healthy adults as I can.
Three of the caterpillars made it to the chrysalis stage, but one was infected with something (part of it was discolored) so it went into the freezer. Also sad.
Only two left. I hope they are healthy.
Now I know why they don't sell caterpillars.
The caterpillars aren't cute, but they don't sting and the butterflies are beautiful.
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Seven Native American tribes in Oklahoma will provide habitat and food on their lands for monarch butterflies, whose numbers have plummeted in recent years due to troubles along their lengthy migration route.
Tribal leaders said at a news conference on Tuesday in Shawnee, southeast of Oklahoma City, they will plant crucial vegetation for the butterflies, including milkweed and native nectar-producing plants, on their lands.
Native Americans Help Monarch Butterflies