(Posted September 7, 2021)
Did you know that milk is a very important plant for the royal butterfly? Milwaukee is called the “host” plant by the emperor, which means that their existence depends on the acquisition and use of these colorful houseplants.
To promote the healthy population of royal butterflies, Madison District of Soil and Water Conservation (SCCD) is part of the Ohio Blenderer Habitat Inive TV’s annual dairy plant collection. Interested participants will be asked to collect shared milk sticks and place them in the pool in front of the SWCD office, 831 U.S. House, between September 15 and October 31. 42 NE, London.
Many Ohio-made dairy products – including common, butterfly and marsh – are all used by the state during the King’s annual migration. When collecting seeds, be sure to collect only normal dairy products.
Pick pumpkins when they are dry and gray or brown, but not open. If the center stitch appears slowly, they are ready to pick. Leave some plants (10 percent to 25 percent) for the seeds to disintegrate naturally and to function as an important food source for milk bugs and other crystals.
Put collected pumpkins in paper bags or paper grocery bags. Avoid plastics because of the risk of moisture accumulation. Mark the container and date of collection for each container pod. Store the basins in a cool, dry place until they are delivered to the assembly site.
Once collected, the cows will be assisted by gardening programs in the prison. The seeds are planted in pollen projects throughout Ohio.
For more information about this program or how to set up a pollen habitat on your property, contact Brock Sehen, a Madison SWCD district technician at (740) 852-4003.