Did you know that monarch butterflies have had a co-evolutionary relationship with milkweed?
The monarch larvae has developed a tolerance to the toxic sap from the milkweed (asclepias tuberosa) and can sequester the toxins (cardenolides) in its wings and exoskeleton, making the adults toxic to many potential vertebrate predators.
Seeds have co-evolved with the Earth’s plants, insects, and animals, and are tiny containers of this crucial encoded tapestry of relationships.
Polly Hill Arboretum Executive Director, Timothy Boland, Curator, Thomas Clark and Horticulturist/Arborist, Ian Jochems, explain the intricate relationship of Martha’s Vineyard’s ecosystems, the MV Wildtype nursery and the importance of supporting local wildlife and biodiversity by growing indigenous plants sown from wild seed collected on Martha’s Vineyard.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help prevent habitat fragmentation by using local varieties of plants in your landscape design, please visit pollyhillarboretum.org/
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