Last September, I was elated to see my first of many Monarch butterflies that stopped by my garden to lay their eggs. For those of my readers who have not read my Monarch butterfly pilot project, please click on this link They Are Here. I think you will enjoy reading it. And for those of my readers who know about my Monarch project, I am pleased to report that I watched 33 young Monarchs feasting in my garden before departing on their migration route. It was an exhilarating experience knowing that I played a part in increasing a few Monarchs' chances of completing their journey. Here are photos of a few of the young Monarchs that eclosed in my garden last year.
This year, my first much-anticipated visitor arrived about one month earlier than last year. Here she is ...
She appeared excited to find an abundance of host plants for her babies.
These plants are asclepias curassavica, also known as tropical milkweed, scarlet milkweed, bloodflower, and silkweed. If you want to know more about this milkweed, click here They Are Here.
Pollinators also love this milkweed.
I watched my visitor feed and lay her eggs for about an hour and then she disappeared. She didn't seem to mind my presence at all. Most of the time, she was no more than a foot away. Very exciting!
A day later, I found this little guy. He was about the size of a grain of wild rice.
It's pretty easy to locate a plant that houses a caterpillar; you can see chew marks on the leaves and droppings (little dark green pellets) nearby.
This little guy could be the offspring of one of the Monarchs I spotted... OR maybe of another Monarch? Fingers crossed!!! The fact that these caterpillars were born in August (or may be as early as July), is very exciting to me. According to what I've read, the third generation, which is born in July and August, will not migrate south for the winter. Instead, they will stay around and give birth to the fourth generation, which will then migrate south. I wonder whether this means my garden will host a few third-generation Monarchs for several weeks until the fourth generation is born? Wouldn't that be fabulous?
Think about adding a milkweed plant to your garden. Together, we can help the Monarch butterfly population. There are many types of milkweed you can choose from. Go to monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweeds-by-state for suggestions.
"It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act."
The 14th Dalai Lama
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