It’s getting late in the season, but we still have Monarch larvae and pupae in the garden. The GNG has been transitioning from Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) to California native Narrow-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) over the past two seasons. It now looks like we will have only native Monarch host plants in the GNG beginning in 2018, and our wildlife will only benefit from it.
For those who have tropical milkweed still growing in their gardens, be sure to aggressively cut it back by November 1st to prevent Monarchs from laying eggs on it. Monarch larvae emerging from eggs this late in the season have very little chance of becoming an adult butterfly.