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Del Webb's Shellie Robin gets a laugh when a monarch butterfly lands on her face.

Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch residents hail the monarch

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Del Webb's Shellie Robin gets a laugh when a monarch butterfly lands on her face.

One of the monarch butterflies raised by the Del Webb residents munches on a tropical milkweed plant.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

One of the monarch butterflies raised by the Del Webb residents munches on a tropical milkweed plant.

Insects love the blanket flower (galardia aristata) in the new butterfly garden.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Insects love the blanket flower (galardia aristata) in the new butterfly garden.

A monarch butterfly does a fly-by past a tropical sage (native plant).

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A monarch butterfly does a fly-by past a tropical sage (native plant).

Del Webb's Anne Clark has embraced raising monarch butterflies for the new garden.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Del Webb's Anne Clark has embraced raising monarch butterflies for the new garden.

Gary Clark checks out some tropical milkweed that he has planted.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Gary Clark checks out some tropical milkweed that he has planted.

Milkweed is a host plant for the monarch butterfly and a nectar plant for any butterfly.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Milkweed is a host plant for the monarch butterfly and a nectar plant for any butterfly.

A white peacock butterfly feasts on a tropical milkweed in the butterfly garden.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A white peacock butterfly feasts on a tropical milkweed in the butterfly garden.

The Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch Community Butterfly Garden was a joint effort by builder Pulte, the Manatee County Extension Office and Del Webb residents.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

The Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch Community Butterfly Garden was a joint effort by builder Pulte, the Manatee County Extension Office and Del Webb residents.

Besides providing habitat for butterflies, the garden provides beauty for the neighborhood, including jatropha, which is a nectar plant.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Besides providing habitat for butterflies, the garden provides beauty for the neighborhood, including jatropha, which is a nectar plant.

A monarch butterfly lands on Bahama senna, a Florida native nectar plant.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A monarch butterfly lands on Bahama senna, a Florida native nectar plant.

Joette Robin shows off a monarch butterfly being released into the garden.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Joette Robin shows off a monarch butterfly being released into the garden.

Del Webb's Shellie Robin, Carrie Mueller, Anne Clark and Joette Robin all raise monarch butterflies and release them in the garden.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Del Webb's Shellie Robin, Carrie Mueller, Anne Clark and Joette Robin all raise monarch butterflies and release them in the garden.

The garden was designed by Master Gardeners.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

The garden was designed by Master Gardeners.

The tropical milkweed plant attracts white peacock butterflies.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

The tropical milkweed plant attracts white peacock butterflies.

The native plants need less irrigation, fertilizer, and they spread themselves easily.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

The native plants need less irrigation, fertilizer, and they spread themselves easily.

White peacock butterflies land on tropical milkweed.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

White peacock butterflies land on tropical milkweed.

The Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch Community Butterfly Garden includes a white peacock butterfly landing on a tropical milkweed.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

The Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch Community Butterfly Garden includes a white peacock butterfly landing on a tropical milkweed.

Del Webb's Joette Robin releases a monarch butterfly.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Del Webb's Joette Robin releases a monarch butterfly.

A milkweed bug feeds on a tropical milkweed seed pod.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A milkweed bug feeds on a tropical milkweed seed pod.

A fake wasps nest tries to convince wasps to go elsewhere. Wasps, which usually won't build a nest where one exists, are harmful to the caterpillars.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A fake wasps nest tries to convince wasps to go elsewhere. Wasps, which usually won't build a nest where one exists, are harmful to the caterpillars.

A monarch butterfly lands on tropical milkweed.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A monarch butterfly lands on tropical milkweed.

A white peacock butterfly enjoys the tropical milkweed.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A white peacock butterfly enjoys the tropical milkweed.

The blanket flower is a nectar plant that adds to the beauty of the garden.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

The blanket flower is a nectar plant that adds to the beauty of the garden.

A monarch butterfly lands on a native tropical sage plant in the Del Webb Community Butterfly Garden.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A monarch butterfly lands on a native tropical sage plant in the Del Webb Community Butterfly Garden.

A white peacock butterfly on a tropical milkweed.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

A white peacock butterfly on a tropical milkweed.

Tropical sage is market for the residents.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Tropical sage is market for the residents.

Texas frogfruit is used as ground cover.

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Texas frogfruit is used as ground cover.

Gary and Annie Clark do their best American Gothic imitation, butterfly style. Courtesy photo

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022 |

Gary and Annie Clark do their best American Gothic imitation, butterfly style. Courtesy photo

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