April 14, 2024

Revealed on November 1, 2023

Do you know that…

The town of Châteauguay has been a monarch-friendly metropolis since March 2023?

Following the distribution of milkweed crops final June and to advocate for this migratory butterfly, town invitations you to attend Harvest and propagate the seeds of any milkweed crops you might encounter in your path this fall.

To attain this, you might want to be sure you have the best kind of milkweed, in line with Mission Monarque suggestions. There are 4 native species of perennial spurge in Quebec: widespread spurge, purple spurge, bulbous spurge and really giant spurge. The latter two, when discovered within the wild, are protected by Quebec’s Threatened or Endangered Species Safety Act: Don’t contact them. Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of this sheet to make sure appropriate identification.

As soon as the best species is discovered, you’ll be able to accumulate the fruits (pods) from the plant and scatter or sow its seeds randomly. We invite you to seek the advice of this hyperlink for detailed details about the gathering. Keep in mind that it’s best to not harvest the whole lot to permit wild populations to regenerate naturally.

Following the distribution final summer season, a number of milkweed crops had been planted: notably within the Parc de la Commune, within the pollinator backyard on Boulevard Rameau and locally gardens.

Prepared to avoid wasting monarch butterflies? As you would like !

Some details about the monarch butterfly and milkweed…

Keep in mind that the monarch butterfly is an endangered species: its inhabitants has declined dramatically lately as a result of local weather change and the lack of its breeding habitat. By planting and inspiring the proliferation of native perennial milkweed crops, we’re contributing to the survival of this magnificent migratory butterfly.

In actual fact, milkweed is an important plant for the survival of the monarch butterfly. That is the one plant on which the feminine lays her eggs, and as soon as hatched, monarch caterpillars feed completely on milkweed. Much more superb, milkweed comprises a toxin that makes caterpillars and butterflies toxic, offering them with a necessary survival software towards predators.