Common milkweed garden

Asked July 23, 2019, 2:21 PM EDT

Have lots of beautiful common milkweed this year, but no catepillars or butterflies. This is my 4th year and I have always had great results and many butterflies, except fo this year. Could the wet season and strong winds have anything to do with this years outcome?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

We do not have specific reports on the monarchs. It is possible that the wet spring weather, diseases, natural mortality, etc. may have played a part. We have had some reports that larvae were spotted in June in some areas. However, in past years we have seen monarchs much later in the season. So be patient.