Stop and Smell the Flowers
Adult monarch butterflies drink nectar from many kinds of flowers. Caterpillars only eat milkweed.
What should I plant?
Monarch butterflies are returning to our region in search of milkweed to lay their eggs on. Keep a sharp eye out and you might just see one!
Welcome Home Monarchs
Keep an eye out for emerging milkweed. This is the only plant monarch
caterpillars will eat, so consider this while planning your garden!
Milkweed Seed Finder
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Iowa Pleistocene Snail
Considered a glacial relict species, it has survived only on these small areas where temperature, moisture and food are suitable.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2015