National Campaign Aims to Grow Monarch Butterfly Population

Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Milkweeds for Monarchs.

It’s a national campaign, spearheaded by St. Louis City, to help grow the Monarch butterfly population.

Mayor Francis Slay is encouraging all City residents and businesses to plant Milkweeds.

“Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, and caterpillars only eat milkweed, so when host plants are scarce, so are butterflies,” Fray says. “I’m committing the city of St. Louis itself as a government to plant 50 butterfly gardens in the city of St. Louis this year.”

If you are interested in planting a garden that attracts Monarchs, visit

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