A dozen or so volunteers, directors and docents from Keep Greenville Beautiful and other charities and churches turned out to the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum to prepare milk weed beds for Monarch Butterflies. Monarchs prefer milkweed to lay their eggs. The Monarchs hatch, turn into larva and finally into a beautiful butterfly during the summer in Texas. Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States so they migrate south and west each autumn to Mexico and Central America to escape the cold weather. The monarch migration usually starts in about October of each year but can start earlier if the weather turns cold sooner than that.
The rains came today after the volunteers had been at their task for an hour but did not prevent the beds from being prepared. Milkweed and other butterfly friendly plants will be planted near the Fred Ende House.