Do You Know What Insect Sleeping Bags These Are That Were Spotted in Maine?
Here's your hint...it's a little touch of summer.
Patricia Mancini from Portland was fooled by these white wisps. She thought that maybe they were white berries, but upon further inspection she found they were empty monarch butterfly sleeping bags!
Patricia is a monarch whisperer. She has amazing photographs. It's because she has milkweed on her property and that is what the monarch needs to survive. M
onarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs.
Because of development, we've lost a lot of milkweed from the landscape...and a lot of monarchs.
That's a shame, because they really are beautiful. Patricia's photos prove that.
I was sitting on my front steps in early fall, when all of a sudden, a monarch came by to say hi. It was the best part of my day.
If you have milkweed on your property...try to keep it. It's pretty and we won't have monarchs without it.