The Herd Is Growing

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 are ready.  I continue to find eggs here and there.  I found 35 in Westford on Wednesday evening but only find 5-8 per day around the outside of my house.  This afternoon I am going to go to Colchester Pond, which I remember saying last year "Wow I should have checked here for eggs!" because there is  LOT of milkweed there.  Its very hot again and sunny, and we are borderline drought conditions here in Vermont.  I am glad that I can take in these small creatures and give them fresh food, but a little concerned that the milkweed will start drying out and I will have trouble collecting leaves that are usable.  We are supposed to get rain tomorrow and have thunderstorms all week long so I'm hoping that takes care of it.  However, I will also have a lot of butterflies hatching next week and that will not be great conditions for releasing...I may have to bring them to Jericho and release them in the woods like I did last year during a rainy stretch.

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