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Creatures in the Garden:

Title Creatures in the Garden 29
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Photo Information A monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) rests on a redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) branch.
Yoshihara, Corinne: UC Master Gardener Vol.
Description The photo was taken in Skyline Wilderness Park (Napa) in July. I loved how the morning light on the butterfly wings produced a stained glass effect.The monarch caterpillars eat only milkweed while the adults feed on nectar from various nectar-rich flowers such as sunflower, goldenrod and buckwheat. Over the last three years, I’ve planted native milkweed and nectar plants in my garden to help increase the monarch population.

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