I’ll be interested to hear if you raise more this summer. We haven’t seen any more since my last report, but I have a few updates.How very cool. I thought I saw a monarch the other day, but in hindsight, I think it was a moth.
Thanks for the reminder. I've set my radar to the appropriate bandwidth.
Such a cool family project and a good learning experience! Swallowtails showed up here last week. We're happy to have them back.
Yes! I planted I think eight or nine different Asclepias tuberosa in beds around my house last year. Unfortunately even with my diligent watering they succumbed to drought and some got eaten off. We do have voracious deer, but I didn’t think they’d eat milkweed. Possibly an armadillo dug some up. (Watering attracts the soil critters that the armadillos like to eat, so it can be a challenge to get small plants established.). Anyway, I haven’t tried again yet because of many other projects.That is a beauty. Have you thought about starting a milkweed patch and raising some monarchs?
If he is still in the jar, you should see frass (droppings) on the bottom. If not, he may have escaped. They can be really hard to see when they’re small and under leaves, so checking for frass is the best bet.I found a small caterpillar on my arm the other day so I put it with some vegetation in a Mason jar with some holes in the lid. The little caterpillar is so small I couldn't identify him and now I can't find it in the jar anymore
I was just looking at your photos from last year. If this year is anything like it, I hope you have a huge milkweed patch. It can get a little nerve wracking when they become ravenous teenagers, and you wonder if the new stalks you give them at bedtime will even last through morning.We've done one round of swallowtails, and the wife has just begun to discover some monarchs, and the system has been set up.
I'll try to get a count and see what the inventory is.