About Monarchs and Alfalfa
The 40 acres of alfalfa pictured above is a magnet for hungry butterflies.
The monarchs are looking for nectar and alfalfa flowers are a good source.
monarchs travel through the Midwestern states they are surrounded by
corn and soybean fields. In fact, as much as 90% of the land is now
planted with crops where there was once prairie.
monarchs find alfalfa in bloom. Farmers usually cut alfalfa before it
turns to flowers. This is because farmers grow alfalfa for hay to feed
their milk cows. The food value of the hay goes down when it's allowed
to flower. (The plants use energy to make the flowers.)
you're a butterfly looking for flowers the next time you travel. What
does the landscape look like to you? Can you find flowers easily?