The first of five Monarchs hatched today. The weather is cool and damp after the rain, so this one was reluctant to go. She stretched her wings in the sun but stuck tight to me. So I basically took a butterfly for a walk in the yard before bringing her back in. We'll get her launched later once it warms up outside 🐛🦋🌞 #monarchbutterfly#chrysalis#raisingmonarchs#butterflywalk
Learn something new every day! Male Monarchs are territorial! Today we released Monarchs at the Butterfly Garden we helped plant at Bob Roth's New River Grove. Two of the New River males were not happy we released males in their garden. Here is a video of one of the feisty New River males fighting two of the new males for his territory. We ended up leaving 4 females and one male in Davie and took 5 males back to Deerfield.
My new project 😍 The monarch caterpillars kept disappearing from the milkweed, I suspect lizards 😖 So I moved most of them into a tank to protect them from predators. I think there still may be a few on the milkweed, I will try to get them later today. I also realize I should’ve gotten a larger tank. The pet store didn’t have any specifically for caterpillars and butterflies so I had to improvise. I know caterpillars can be escape artists so I’ll have to keep extra close watch on them until they become too large to fit through the air slits at the top of the tank. Does anyone who raises caterpillars have any tips for a first timer? The last time I raised monarchs was for my kindergarten class and I’m pretty sure my teacher did all the work 😂 #saveourmonarchs
There are approximately 20 monarch caterpillars in various stages on this small milkweed plant. The nice guy @jeffersonfeed hooked me up yesterday with food for the babies. I plucked them from the garden, placed them on this new plant and relocated them to the shed near a small window. #monarchcaterpillars#gardenista#raisingmonarchs
3 139:25 PM Dec 30, 2018
Missing my pretty butterfly babes 💗💗💗🦋🦋🦋 Winter just started and I'm already ready for Spring/Summer to raise & release these beautiful creatures again 🧡🖤🧡🖤
7 1592:16 PM Dec 30, 2018
It was aTito’s kind of day for me... TGIF!
3 399:27 PM Dec 28, 2018
This is my greeting crew when I get home... who do you suppose is hungrier?! 😂🤣
So I went to get holiday meal supplies in anticipation for my normal full house, standing room only. Now there will just be 4. If you’re not cooking,need a meal, or just some company, my table is open. PM me if you’d like to come for dinner. I’ll let you know when dinner time is.