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Forum topic by Redoak49 posted 09-02-2015 06:14 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Redoak49

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09-02-2015 06:14 PM

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Besides woodworking, I enjoy working in the yard and have grown flower beds to attract Hummingbirds and Monarch Butterflies. We have planted Milkweed in several places and protected it from cutting or spraying as it is the only plant that Monarchs eat and lay eggs. This is one plant that we had which was being eaten by the Monarch larva.

We watched it munch away on the plant for several days and then it disappeared. However, we found the Chrysalis in a nearby location.

We moved it into a terrarium to watch it and see if we would see the butterfly emerge.

After this it was time to wait. About a week or so later, the Chrysalis turned black and the butterfly emerged.

We let it rest for awhile and took it outside where it spread its wings and soon took off.

We think that this one may be the super generation which flies to Mexico for the winter. It is astounding that a Monarch Butterfly can make it that entire distance. Currently, the Monarchs have started the migration from the northern states and working their way south. If you live in the Eastern US, you can look for them as you may be able to see large groups of them especially in the early evening as they find a place to roost over night.


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#1 posted 09-02-2015 08:08 PM

They are fantastic! My Brother lives in Oklahoma, and is on the migration path and they are awesome in a cloud sometimes so many together.

We have multiple butterfly bushes at my house love em.

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#2 posted 09-02-2015 08:25 PM

I really miss seeing those. I’m originally from Upstate NY and my grandmother and I would often look at the butterflies and canons together on the farm. Not to mention I seem to recall several science “experiments” surrounding those lovely butterflies.

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#3 posted 09-03-2015 10:16 AM

The metamorphosis is amazing on it’s own without ever bringing migration over vast distances into the equation.

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