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Forum topic by Redoak49 posted 08-15-2018 09:45 PM 375 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Redoak49

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08-15-2018 09:45 PM

In the last couple of years, we have become involved in attracting and helping the Monarch Butterflies. We have culativated several large patches of milkweed as this is the main food for them and where they lay eggs.

This is what a Monarch egg looks like and is only about 1/32” long

This is what a full grown Monarch Caterpillar looks like and is almost 2 inches long. They go thru about 5 stage of caterpillars shedding their outside with each stage. When the get ready, they attach themsleves to some high point and hang in a “J” shape.

They hang this way for a couple of days and suddenly shed their skin and form the Chrysalis.

The Chrysalis hangs quietly for about 10 days and then you can see it start to turn dark and you can see thru the Chrysalis.

In a few hours or a day, the Monarch starts to emerge and gradually unflolds it wings, dries out and then starts to move its wings.

At this point, it is ready to be let go. The life cycle from egg to new Monarch is about 30 days. Pretty soon, the last generation of the Monarchs will be born and these will be the Super Monarchs and will be the ones who will migrate well over a thousand miles to Mexico where they will stay for the winter.


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#1 posted 08-15-2018 10:00 PM

I have always been intrigued by their migration too.

They also were the pollinators for my apricot trees in West Fargo ND more than once. I have seen a whole tree full of them when they were there before the bees were even awake!

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#2 posted 08-16-2018 02:33 PM

Thanks!

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#3 posted 08-16-2018 04:45 PM

Amazing. I remember them at my Grandmother’s in Iowa. We don’t have them here in Eastern Oregon. It would be nice to see them move in but I doubt they would survive the aerial spraying for Mosquitos.

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#4 posted 08-17-2018 05:47 PM

WOW! That’s Beautiful with the Picture and All! Thanks Redoak!

Rick S.

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