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July 20, 2020

Here it is, mid-July, and I have 4 caterpillars.  Part of it is the busy-ness of life keeping me from going out and looking for them.  Part of it is the terrible milkweed quality I seem to have this year, which may...

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 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...

July 25, 2018

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

July 21, 2018

I am up to 43 chrysalises so far!  12 more have gone into the "J" position and will be chrysalises by morning.  They won't all become butterflies at once, but I am guessing to have 5-10 hatching each day once they a...

July 12, 2018

 The milkweed plant that I cut and put in a vase on my desk has a resident!  This tiny little guy hatched this morning.  There were two eggs on this plant, but I can't remember if I took the other one home...it look...

July 12, 2018

 This tiny hatchling didn't make it.  I had this happen last year to one.  Sometimes they are a dud.  It is sad but that is the way it is.  I separated it as soon as I saw that it was turning black.  There is probab...

July 12, 2018

I worked a long day and came home to some enormous caterpillars!  These guys were ones I had found already hatched but still very small just 3-4 days ago.  

July 10, 2018

Last year I did not find any eggs or caterpillars until the last week of July.  This year I am finding them left and right and it's only July 10th!  So far I found 39 on July 7th, 25 on July 8th, and today I have fo...

September 12, 2017

My husband takes the public bus to and from work every day.  When he got off the bus today he noticed a Monarch on the ground, not able to fly.  Being my husband, he picked it up and carried it home on the short wal...

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