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Are you free Sat at 10am?

18 Jul

We want to hold a desperately needed garden work session from 915am to @11:30am. We need adult hands to move planters, pull up snap peas, harvest garlic, tie up tomatoes, plant cucumbers and bush beans.

RSVP by commenting here or sending a note to cvearthlab@gmail.com

Thank you!

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A Butterfly Is Born!

18 Jul

Welcome to the world a new Monarch butterfly. Captured from CV milkweed as a caterpillar, she emerged from her pupa (in a habitat container) in the play area this morning. I left the flap open, but she probably wont leave for another day or so; if you pass the play area, look for the habitat near the pole where the helmet hangs

Black Swallowtail Drops Larva on Parsley Today

14 Jul

Isn’t she pretty?!?!

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…

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