The decline of the Monarch butterfly population was bothering a woman so much that she decided to do something about it. Mary Mackenzie wanted to contribute in saving the Monarch butterfly.
Mackenzie loves gardening and she plants many flowers and vegetables in her condominium. She is also participates in her local gardening club.
When she heard that the Monarch butterflies were at the brink of becoming endangered and the species is facing huge decline in population she decided she needed to do more gardening.
Mackenzie has started planting milkweed; Monarchs are dependent on milkweed plants that larvae eat exclusively, and other flowers that attract butterflies; so far she has already planted 300 milkweed bushes in Clearwater and Pinellas Park.
Monarch butterfly is a common poisonous butterfly that eats milkweed and also lays its eggs on the milkweed plant. Monarchs are beautiful and have large scaly wings. Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton.
Due to the recession the city had to cut funds spent on landscaping thus Mackenzie felt the landscaping of the city was really suffering, so she volunteered to help sustain Clock Tower Park.
She encourages other people to start planting on their own by offering them seeds and cuttings of her plants. Common Milkweed is an important plant because so many species of insects depend on it, Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat milkweed, and could not survive without it.
“I offer seeds to anyone who wants them. My goal is to educate people. I talk one-on-one with my neighbors to tell them that caterpillars are good and we can do little things to encourage them. Small things can make a ripple effect”.
After the first bushes of milkweed start flourishing it is easy to get more seeds or to take cuttings for more plantation. Mackenzie has transformed the park into a butterfly garden.