General Butterfly WebLinks for Resources:
- North American Butterfly Association - http://www.naba.org/orgwed.html
- Pollinator Partnership - https://pollinator.org/
- New Jersey Audubon, How to Create a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden - http://www.njaudubon.org/sectionbac...
- Xerces Society, wildlife and pollinator conservation - http://www.xerces.org/
- Butterflies and Moths of N Amer: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
- Biota of North America Program - http://bonap.org/
- Butterflies Alive mobile app from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History -- https://www.sbnature.org/exhibition...
- Gardens with Wings, butterfly identification app, caterpillar ID, supplies - http://www.gardenswithwings.com/
- Butterfly Farms, plant info, disease info, tagging info: http://butterflyfarms.org/
- Common SoCal butterflies (several great PDFs of individual BF species): http://www.obsessionwithbutterflies.com/socalbutterflies.html
- Basic techniques, several specific butterflies (including Monarch), store: http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/
- Rearing info for butterflies and moths, host plants, ID, diseases, etc.: http://www.butterflyfunfacts.com/
- Monarch Butterfly Garden (great tips on raising Monarch butterflies, caterpillar raising kits, PDF books) http://monarchbutterflygarden.net/
- The Monarch Program (great info on California Monarch populations, have a visitor center near Vista, opens again in April) - http://www.monarchprogram.org/
- Live Monarch (source of milkweed seeds and plants) - http://www.livemonarch.com/
- Planting a garden for Monarch butterflies - http://monarchbutterflygarden.net/h...
- Detailed information on growing milkweed for Monarchs - http://www.xerces.org/milkweed-faq/...
- Protecting the Monarch butterfly migration - http://monarchjointventure.org/
- Education, conservation, and research on Monarchs. Source of free milkweed seeds - http://www.monarchwatch.org/
- Western Monarch butterfly info from Cal Poly SLO - http://www.monarchwatch.org/
- Project Monarch Health, parasites: http://www.monarchparasites.org/
- Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (sign up to report the BFs you rear), lots of rearing info: http://monarchlab.org/mlmp
- Regional planting guides: http://www.pollinator.org/
- Pollinator friendly California Native Plants: http://grownatives.cnps.org
- Why use native milkweed: www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/01/plan-save-monarch-butterflies-backfires
- Why use native milkweed: www.kcet.org/redefine/gardening-to-help-monarch-butterflies-plant-natives
- Free PDF: A Guide to Common Milkweeds of California – The Xerces Society http://www.xerces.org
- Milkweed growing instructions: http://www.livemonarch.com/growinginstructions.htm
- Growing milkweed from seed: www.monarchwatch.org/milkweed/prop.htm
- Theodore Payne Fdn. (seeds) www.theodorepayne.org
- Butterfly Encounters (seeds, growing techniques) www.butterflyencounters.com
- Larner Seeds (seeds) http://www.larnerseeds.com/
- Moosa Creek Nursery (1 gal plants in March) http://www.moosacreeknursery.com/
- Extensive list of CA butterfly plants: http://www.laspilitas.com/butterfl.htm
- Hedgerow Farms, Winters, CA; 530-662 6847; http://www.hedgerowfarms.com/
- S&S Seeds, Carpinteria, CA; 805-684 0436; http://www.ssseeds.com/
- Pacific Coast Seed, Livermore, CA; 925-373 4417; http://www.pcseed.com/
- Sierra Seed Supply, Greenville, CA; 530-284 7926; http://sierraseedsupply.com/
- Butterfly Farms, Encinatas, CA: http://butterflyfarms.org/
- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Nursery, Claremont, CA (open Thurs-Sun)
- Riverside Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (Tequesquite Com. Garden): https://www.facebook.com/groups/Riv...
- Monarch Guardians (Orange Co.) https://www.facebook.com/groups/mon...
- Riverside Co. Master Gardener Grow Lab butterfly garden, Riverside, CA (Lucy Heyming)
- Tequesquite Community Garden butterfly garden, Riverside, CA https://www.facebook.com/TeqGarden/ (Contacts Tiffany Brooks - founder, Betty Sarenana - volunteer, on FB),
- UCR Botanic Gardens, Riverside, CA -- The Butterfly Garden at UCR is roughly a 3,000-square-foot garden that features a walking surface of four pads, which represents the four stages of a butterfly’s life: the egg, the pupa, the chrysalis and the adult. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. ADMISSION: A $4 suggested donation, and there is a parking fee. INFORMATION: 951-784-6962 or visit http://gardens.ucr.edu/
- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, CA – The Butterfly Pavilion unites science education and hands-on, fun for visitors of all ages. The pavilion opens May 13: http://www.rsabg.org/
- Temporary Flight House -- Opens in late spring, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, $5 for children, $7 for adults and $6 for seniors. Children under 3 are free. Call the Monarch Program at (760) 599-7228, Monarch Creek Gardens at (760) 451-8860 or visit. Monarch Creek Farms is highly visible, located at 4558 Pala Road/state Route 76, just a half-mile west of Interstate 15, near Oak Creek Road. http://www.monarchprogram.org/
- The Living Desert – Butterflies! Winged Wonders exhibit
- Butterfly Farms, 2000 square foot Vivarium (butterfly free flight house) , Encinatas, CA: http://butterflyfarms.org/
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Citrus is a host plant. So is the herb rue. Keep an eye on your citrus trees. The caterpillars aren't very cute. They look like bird droppings, so they really blend in, and are hard to find.