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Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies in Yosemite

This eye-catching pale pink flower is important to the survival of Monarch butterflies

Best time: May–September

Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies
Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies
Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

This absolutely gorgeous flower is also an extremely important plant in the ecosystem because so many species of insects depend on it. Indeed, if you look over the field of milkweed, you can see a whole universe of diminutive life there—from buzzing bees and beetles to hummingbirds and butterflies.

The "star" of this small universe is the Monarch butterfly. These amazing delicate butterflies cannot survive without milkweed, as they lay eggs solely on these plants.

You can find Snowy Milkweed in many parts of the park, such as the Hetch Hetchy area along the Wapama and Rancheria Falls trails, in the Chilnualna Falls area, and some other places in the foothills. It's blooming period lasts from May through September.

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Where is Snowy Milkweed commonly found in Yosemite?

Snowy Milkweed is scattered throughout Yosemite National Park. You can spot it in many areas such as the Hetch Hetchy area along the Wapama and Rancheria Falls trails and the Chilnualna Falls area, and some other locations in the foothills. The plant flowers from May to September annually, providing a beautiful pink view. Show more

When should I visit Yosemite if I want to see Snowy Milkweed?

To see Snowy Milkweed, it's best to visit Yosemite during the peak season, which is between May and September. During this period, the plant is in its blooming season, providing a picturesque view. Plan a visit to Yosemite during these months to enjoy the beauty of the pink flowers. Show more

What is the importance of Milkweed to the ecosystem in Yosemite?

Milkweed serves a crucial purpose in the ecosystem of Yosemite National Park. Many species of insects rely on the plant for their survival. Monarch butterflies are particularly dependent on milkweed as they use them to lay their eggs. Among the insects that depend on Milkweed in Yosemite, you can also find bees, beetles, hummingbirds, and butterflies, contributing to the biodiversity of the park. Show more

What other insects depend on Milkweed in Yosemite?

Bees, butterflies, beetles, and hummingbirds are among the insects that depend on milkweed plants in Yosemite. The plant serves as food to these species, and it's crucial to their survival. Milkweed is an essential element in Yosemite's environment, providing support to a wide range of diminutive life within the park. Show more

Where can I see Monarch butterflies within Yosemite?

In Yosemite National Park, you can find Monarch butterflies breeding in the lower elevation foothills of the east. You can spot them at popular sites such as the Wawona area, particularly along the Chilnualna Falls Trail, and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. These sites also provide an excellent opportunity to view and appreciate these delicate and beautiful creatures. Show more

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