What food plants can I feed a monarch butterfly in NZ? What do monarch caterpillars eat?

In NZ the natural food species of the monarch (Danaus plexippus) larvae is the Asclepiadiae family – milkweed which includes swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosus) and giant swan plant (G. physocarpus) as well as Asclepias species such as tropical milkweed/bloodflower (A. curassavica). The tropical milkweed comes in two colours -scarlet (which has a gold centre) and … Continue reading What food plants can I feed a monarch butterfly in NZ? What do monarch caterpillars eat?