I can’t really think of any better example of contentment than a monarch butterfly on milkweed. The butterfly pollinates the plant and the plant will host the catipiller. Their fates are forever entwined.
The field where I took the picture was once reserved for hay production. Milkweed is poisonous to cattle and therefore we took steps to keep it out of pastures. It was also rare to see a monarch butterfly in those days. Now the back part of this field is full of milkweed and monarch butterflies. I have seen more of the monarchs this summer than I have in thirty years.
A lot of blogs will point out that monarch butterflies pollinate more than just weeds and serve in an important environmental roll. All of this is true. But value in the world is more than just functionality. Value is beauty and wonder which is something that the monarch butterflies provide in abundance.
While I’m sure that there’s still plenty of work to do a quick Google search and found that the Monarch butterfly population has increased 144% in the Eastern United States. It would appear that the world is growing more and more beautiful every day.
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