Asked by: Krissy Nabas
asked in category: General Last Updated: 26th April, 2020

Do monarchs like Honeyvine milkweed?

Our results indicate that both common milkweed and honeyvine milkweed are suitable hosts for monarch larvae. Given the abundance of honeyvine milkweed in the east-central United States, this species may be a more important host plant for the monarch than has been generally recognized.

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Also know, what milkweed do monarchs like?

Purple milkweed is one of many varieties of perennial milkweeds used by monarchs to raise their young. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa): Unlike most other milkweeds, the flowers of butterfly weed are not pink, purple, or white. Instead, this milkweed species has flowers that are bright orange.

Subsequently, question is, is there a milkweed vine? Honeyvine milkweed (Ampelamus albidus or Cynanchum laeve) is a native, perennial vine that spreads by seed and long spreading roots. The stems are slender, smooth, twining, and without the characteristic milky sap that is typically present with other milkweed species.

Accordingly, what will Monarch caterpillars eat besides milkweed?

Most enthusiasts have found most success with butternut squash as a substitute for milkweed leaves. Some of the other vegetables that have successfully been fed to Monarch caterpillars in the last instar (last few days) are cucumber, zucchini, and pumpkin.

Does milkweed come back every year?

Technically it is a perennial, but if you run into issues like I did (no leaves emerging) then re-seed and cut back old foliage. Perennial milkweeds grow back year after year. They provide habitat for traveling Monarch butterflies. As a reminder, it is ideal to grow milkweeds that are native to your state if possible.

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