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A monarch caterpillar navigates a milkweed cutting. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants and the caterpillars eat the leaves once they hatch. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media
Frankfort resident Kay MacNeil holds a recently emerged monarch butterfly in her garden before releasing it into nature. MacNeil is the bee, bird and butterfly chairperson for the Garden Clubs of Illinois and raises monarchs in her home as part of a conservation effort for the insects.
A recently emerged monarch butterfly rests on a tropical milkweed plant, one of about a dozen varieties of milkweed that will grow in the area.
Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor
5:20 pm CDT September 6, 2017
Kay MacNeil, the bee, bird and butterfly chairperson for the Garden Clubs of Illinois, has had an interest in butterflies and gardening for many years, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she realized she could use those interests for good.