Natives and Naturals

The Hunt Garden Club cookbook 3rd edition is available for ordering by mail.
The total cost including shipping and handling is $15.00.  Interested persons may send a check to the Hunt Garden Club and made payable to the Hunt Garden Club to POB 873, Hunt, TX 78024-0873.

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Monarch Butterflies

Migratory Monarch butterflies visit the Texas hill country in the spring and fall, varying in number from season to season. One migratory group travels from southern Canada down the middle of the United States in September and October after spending the summer in Canada. They reach Texas at our latitude about mid October and may stay for a week or so (depending on weather conditions) before continuing their migration to the oyamel forest hillsides of Mexico where they spend the winter. Monarch Butterflies cannot survive in below freezing temperatures so migrate to a more favorable environment. Monarch larvae use milkweed for food. Some of the butterflies may remain in Texas and lay their eggs on the milkweed plants. Snow on the Mountain is a milkweed and grows naturally in central Texas. Its abundance is apparent in the fall. Adult butterflies need nectar for food and visit the native plant flowers of the hill country when they are here. Salvia or sage are native to the Edwards Plateau, are deer resistant, and attract butterflies. If one has a butterfly garden, it is likely to contain a variety of native spring and fall flowering plants. The butterflies also need water and find a suitable habitat near rivers and creeks and may be seen in clusters on the cypress trees in the evening and early morning hours.

To learn more about Monarch Butterflies, visit the web. Some sites focus on current fall migration sightings. The Monarch is the only butterfly that performs the migration. It is still somewhat of a mystery as to how they find their way to the same place with no previous knowledge. The butterflies that make the trip are a second or third generation and have never traveled to that location previously.

The Texas Legislature named the Monarch Butterfly the Texas State Insect in 1995.

The monarchs were located at their winter home in Mexico as of October 28th. A few were seen in Kerr County but no sightings were reported officially. The word is that they went through Del Rio before heading into Mexico. The time for the new butterflies to return to Canada is April. Sightings will be reported again as they travel north in the spring.