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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
Apr 16, 2014 7:56 AM CST


This article isn't very long but it brought up something I had never heard before. Apparently, research shows that if a caterpillar goes without eating milkweed for a period of 24 hours it can decrease the intensity of the color of the butterfly! Also, there is the expected consequence of a smaller-winged butterfly. But I never knew that about the colors - so interesting! Now everyone get out there and plant some milkweed!
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