So I have become a little obsessed with Monarch butterflies. I joined a Facebook page that is dedicated to them. So far I have released two butterflies that I found as caterpillars on the milkweed growing in the garden. At this moment I have two chrysalis and 3 caterpillars fattening up in their little butterfly enclosures lined up in my dining room.
I was able to see the first butterfly emerge but the second one my husband had to attend to because I had to go to work, boo. It looks like the two that I have now should emerge the first weekend in August. Keep your fingers crossed.
Post by SpringRain on Jul 25, 2020 14:02:04 GMT -5
datgirl, do you use any special variety of milkweed, or basically the variety found growing in the wild? I have some volunteer milkweed in the garden but haven't yet seen any signs of monarchs or caterpillars.
SpringRain,nope, just the wild milkweed growing in fields. The lot next to us used to be full of wild flowers and native plants. Someone bought it a few years ago and now there is a big old house with a swing set the kids never play on and a manicured lawn. Luckily the milkweed seeded itself on our property too so I always have it coming up somewhere.
desertwoman,I have been seeing a lot of them this year. I hope they continue to visit. emmsmommy,You have a perfect opportunity to teach your daughter about them. Hatching them is pretty easy, they do all the work.
Post by lilolpeapicker on Jul 26, 2020 8:29:54 GMT -5
Here there are plenty of milkweed plants. Some of them growing where I don't want them but let those alone when they are in a good area. They grow through cracks in my foundation and just in the lawn. I have monarchs here. One of these days I will have to check for any chrysalis.
Yesterday I was leaving the dog park and saw a monarch land on the ground at the edge of puddle I guess to take a drink...maybe getting some minerals(?) from the sand.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
We have a lot of milkweed in the ditches adjacent to our wild area. Neighbor's sister is in to Monarchs. I sometimes think she may have made milkweed seed bombs, increasing the food supply for the Monarchs.
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Post by Wheelgarden on Aug 30, 2020 16:29:33 GMT -5
I've noticed an uptick in the number of Monarchs around here. Last winter there was a welcome surge in numbers at their overwintering grounds in Mexico. I'm hoping that the re-establisment efforts many folks are involved in are making a significant difference.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson