When Stephanie was in the fourth grade, she learned about the extraordinary monarch butterfly migration from the Northeastern U.S. and Canadian winters to warmer destinations 3,000 miles away. In the mountains of Central Mexico, millions of monarchs will rest, huddled together on the limbs and trunks of fir trees. Their heart rates slow as they wait out the cold up north.
As spring breaks, they awaken. On their trip back home, they will stop off in warm locales like Texas to mate and lay their eggs on milkweed plants. When the striped caterpillars hatch, they voraciously consume milkweed to fuel what happens inside the chrysalis, their own tiny house of sorts. The monarch butterflies then emerge and continue the flight north, alighting a few times every hundred miles or so to repeat the mating and egg-laying process. Eventually, the millions of monarchs return north until fall rolls around, and wanderlust — and survival instincts — kick in.
Milkweed is the only plant monarch larvae will eat. It is the stuff that nourishes their magical transformation into a butterfly. It gives them wings and sets them off on their journeys to and fro, and back again.
For Milkweed Tiny Haus, milkweed symbolizes how we nourish our clients' own dreams and personal journeys.