There are many things we can do to help bring our monarchs back, the most significant being habitat preservation. Monarchs need milkweed to complete their life cycle, and migrating monarchs need native flowering plants to complete their long journey. Please consider planting a pollinator garden with native milkweed found in your region as well as early and late blooming native flowers for migration. Planting native milkweed for monarch caterpillars to feed on and complete their life cycle, and avoiding the use of pesticides, which kills many of our native species will help bring back our monarchs. Here are resources for native species and milkweed seeds in your area:
Below are at-a-glance annotated milkweed slides that make up our North American Milkweed Field Guide. Soon, the complete guide, which will consist of over 70 species, will be available on this site for reference, as well as in our Monarch SOS app. Species are listed in alphabetical order by common name. This is a work in progress, and a new species will be added every Friday, so check back often for updated ID slides. Click to enlarge images.