Monarch Butterflies

The Monarch population has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 20 years due to habitat destruction. Monarch butterflies, as well as other butterfly species, bees, birds and bats, help move pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing flowers and making it possible for plants to produce food needed to feed people and wildlife. More than a third of the food that we eat requires pollinators to grow.

Plano joined the Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge and committed to create habitat and educate residents about how they can make a difference for Monarchs and other pollinators.

One of the most beneficial things you can do is plant native milkweed plants in your home landscape for Monarchs to feed, rest and lay their eggs on during their migration. Monarchs fly south through Central Texas and many pass through Texas before continuing on northern, eastern and southern routes. As Texans, we have a unique and integral role to play. If everyone planted native milkweed, every backyard can become an oasis for Monarchs and other pollinators.

Check out these resources to get started on your butterfly garden:

Native Plant Society of Texas

Dallas County Lepidopterists Society

North American Butterfly Association

National Wildlife Federation – Milkweed for Monarchs

National Wildlife Federation – Butterfly Heroes