#monarchbutterfly just came out early afternoon. Kept since a caterpillar on backyard #milkweed Tried doing a time lapse as it was coming out of it’s chrysalis. Hope I captured it Taken with #iphone8plus
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My parents have spent the last few weeks saving monarch butterflies. My mom had some milkweed plants that had caterpillars and it got too cold so she brought them inside. She ended up needing to purchase more milkweed and kept them inside the whole time. Most of the adventure was on our Marco Polo but today we are getting photos as they hatch from the chrysalis and become beautiful monarchs. My parents even sent in samples for parasites and requested tagging materials.
Now while this may seem like just a fun winter project, it is actually vitally important. Monarchs are dying out and a lot of it is due to the lack of milkweed. Please get some milkweed plants and help the monarchs thrive!
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Did you know that monarch caterpillars molt, or shed their skin, 5 times before entering the pupa stage? The pupa stage is where a larva becomes an adult and can also be referred to as chrysalis. These little critters will gain about 2,700 times their original weight and need milkweed to eat and survive. A large monarch caterpillar can eat an entire milkweed leaf in 4 minutes!! We are very excited to have three pollinator gardens over at Packery Channel Nature Park and are currently constructing two at Padre Balli. These caterpillars can be seen in the front bed, and we encourage you to watch them grow! But please do not touch!! Monarchs have a very long and stressful journey ahead of them and need to eat and relax while they are still young.
Plant Milkweed. 🐛🌿
Do NOT use Roundup / Chemicals to destroy Milkweed. (Before it’s too late!)
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Late lunch break! Here—sped up 3x—are two hungry Monarch Butterfly caterpillars chowing down on a milkweed leaf here. Oh, wait, this is just _one_ hungry caterpillar, whose butt also looks like a head. Those long black projections aren’t antennae proper (this kind of caterpillar has just a single, tiny pair of antennae), but they do serve a sensory function. These caterpillars are serious about eating because they have to increase their body mass a couple thousand times as they pass through five different instars (stages) of increasing size. When it’s all over, they’ll pupate. We’ll show you a beautiful chrysalis another time!
The population of monarch butterflies overwintering in California has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. For every 160 #monarchs there were in the 1980s, there is now only one. Find the top 5 things you can do to #SaveWesternMonarchs on the link in the graphic. Monarchs need your help now.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ― Albert Einstein
I post a lot of sad reality stuff. So this next couple weeks, get ready for MONARCH CATERPILLARS 🐛!!!!!! The continental monarch population was devastating something like 86% this year. Pesticides, fires, clearing of habitat, and more contribute to their deaths. In Hawai’i, milkweed, or as it’s called here Crown Flower (our Queen Liliuokalani’s favorite), is much larger than the continental varieties, getting up to 20 feet tall. These buggars are only a couple days old! Hoping my tiny plant can make it through their VERY hungry hungry caterpillar phase. #monarchbutterfly#milkweed#milkweedformonarchs#alohaaina#crownflower#onipaa#queenliliuokalani#hawaiipono
📣 Important Monarch health PSA! 🦋 I's wintertime, so that means it's TIME to cut back your perennial milkweed! Maybe past time, so I apologize for the delay in spreading the word. Cutting it all the way down to about 6 inches is best, or at least enough to remove 1/2 the plant and any remaining foliage. Yes, it will regrow! 🌿
This practice is *essential* to help our friends stay healthy and keep their population up! I don't know how many of you saw the reports circulating about the monarch numbers in this years migration counts, but they're low. Devastatingly, heartbreaking low. 💔😭 The major causes are likely climate change, wildfires, habitats loss, and widespread pesticide use... things that make me feel small and helpless, but these are things we CAN do to help:
1) Responsibly rearing them ~ e.g. taking them in while they transition from cat to chryalis to butterfly, protecting them from predators in the process, and then releasing them... but sanitizing your enclosures well and frequently with dilute bleach.
2) Plant milkweed, but cut it back! ~ It is recommended to prune milkweed in fall and winter, especially the tropical varieties, to discourage monarchs from establishing winter-breeding colonies. Tropical varieties of milkweed aren't bad, but messing up their migration is. Thanksgiving is a good target date. We don't have this concern as much here since we live where they migrate TO in the winter, but gardeners in most other places need to be very conscientious of this. Cutting back milkweed also helps to eliminate OE spores that may be present on the plant - a parasite that can kill them, so you don't want it rampant in your yard! We cut ours for this reason!
These recommendations are a little tricky in south Florida (south of Orlando), where a distinctive, non-migratory population of monarchs has long been established. However, native milkweed planting is still encouraged, and when you can - e.g. when there is a noticeable dip in population in your yard, or when you bring in new fresh disease-free plants - cut back the old stuff! The highest prevalence of OE in the nation is in Florida, because of the lack of migration & cutting back.
Let me introduce you guys to Penelope.
Penelope was this ✨ magical butterfly 🦋I encountered a while back while living in New York City. We shared a very special connection/bond.
I will be slowly releasing some of the footage I have of this beautiful tale however be sure to check out the video link in my bio where @thedodo does a great job at summarizing the story in a nutshell!
Thanks to all of you who have been sharing this story with your friends and family it definitely was a very special & symbolic moment in my life I was lucky enough to experience. 🙏🏼🦋🔮