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Black Swallowtail Drops Larva on Parsley Today

14 Jul

Isn’t she pretty?!?!

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Day 10 of Monarch Chrysalis: Butterfly Will Emerge Within Days

14 Jul

Day10Monarch The caterpillar went to chrysalis about 9-10 days ago, so it should be nearing emergence!  The warm weather likely speeds the process.

Benji and I may tag this butterfly and track it through the Monarch Watch program, if we can get tagging materials in time…  (more).

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Painted Lady Butterfly Gets Pollen From Echinacea Flower

14 Jul

See Captive Monarch Caterpillar in Crysalis

11 Jul

Take two, with images!

It’s hard to see, but the Monarch caterpillar that I captured and put in a habitat “cage” last week has transformed to crysalis stage. In a couple of weeks, she will emerge as a Monarch butterfly and migrate toward Mexico!

Exciting that CV native milkweed supports this at-risk species! Thanks to Maura, Tom, Liam and Griffin for lending the habitat. -Denise

Related: Why Monarch Caterpillars Are Such a Big Deal

Captive Monarch Caterpillar Goes Into Crysalis

11 Jul

It’s hard to see, but the Monarch caterpillar that I captured and put in a habitat “cage” last week has transformed to crysalis stage. In a couple of weeks, she will emerge as a Monarch butterfly and migrate toward Mexico!

Exciting that CV native milkweed supports this at-risk species! Thanks to Maura, Tom, Liam and Griffen for lending the habitat. -Denise

Happy 4th of July!

4 Jul

At least 5 Monarch caterpillars are thriving.

Today’s Headcount: Six

3 Jul

There are six fat and juicy Monarch caterpillars on the CV milkweed.

The Monarch Caterpillars Live!!!!

2 Jul

They disapeared from the milkweed atop the slide, and I assummed the worst. But today I saw two bigger ones munching on milkweed by the fence. I draped row cover over one…

Monarch Caterpillars Are Here!

29 Jun

I found three caterpillars on milkweed in the play area today!

Since the ones that visited last year seemingly succumbed to predators (they all vanished suddenly), I took steps to protect them.

The plants are wrapped, loosely, with row cover that lets in light and water. We’ll see if it helps them survive…

Seen these Signs of Nature Babies?

29 Jun

   Butterfly larva.  (Looks like a painted lady butterfly. See more info about development stages here)

 

 

Teeny tiny egg shelll! Seen any new birds nests?

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the egg next to a sharpie, for scale… I will leave this egg on the raised herb beds outside the play area in case anyone wants to take a peek!  –

 

 

 

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