Leaving the WILD Center where I had attended a meeting, around 6:45PM on August 7, 2017, I saw two monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies nectaring on some Meadow Blazingstar (Liatris ligulistylis). Soon a third joined them and then a fourth attempted to, but flew off. From my own experience, watching the monarchs flit around the WILD Center, I know they really like Meadow Blazingstar. If you don’t already have some Meadow Blazingstar growing in your gardens, plan to add some next spring.
This is the time of year they begin to group up for their fall migration south to the forested mountains of Mexico. Hopefully they’ll find enough habitat along the way to sustain them during their flight.