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Monarch Blog 

June 15, 2019

I have been so busy with work and the kids that I hadn’t really looked in my weed garden yet this season. I keep hearing reports of monarch sightings,(even eggs!) in Vermont already so I thought I would go see how...

August 29, 2018

 I have almost no caterpillars left!  All but 9 have become chrysalises.  I had 17 hatch yesterday and 25 hatch today.  It has been in the 90s again the last 3 days in Vermont and all my big cats have now pupated....

August 22, 2018

My daughter Alicia is such a great helper.  She is really making this more enjoyable   She loves picking up each leaf as she cleans cages and finding the cute little (or big!) caterpillars, and she also loves releas...

August 8, 2018

Yesterday I took 30 Monarchs to a local boating access called Colchester Pond.  A storm was brewing and they were not thrilled about being released but I had kept them for 9 hours in the mesh baskets so I didn't wan...

August 7, 2018

Last night I had to have my husband make me a second chrysalis holding frame!  It has been very hot, about 105F heat index, and they are developing so quickly that this morning there are 31 ready to go!  We had to p...

July 26, 2018

Tonight while cleaning my caterpillar cages I see that one has made its J on the underside of a leaf I put in there!  That called for some creativity since the leaf would not be high enough for a successful pupation...

July 26, 2018

Our Siamese-Himalayan loves watching the freshly hatched fluttering creatures :) luckily she is lazy. 

July 25, 2018

I had 8 Monarchs hatch this morning.  This was the final one of the day.  There is no sound.

July 23, 2018

Most of my larger caterpillars have gone on to become chrysalises at this point. The 64 eggs we found yesterday at Colchester Pond are hatching quickly and I have so many babies I can’t even count them!  I really ne...

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