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Image Raising monarchs to help them with their journey south
By Lance Gardner on November 17, 2010

Near the end of this summer, my son and I decided to try a new venture and raise some monarch caterpillars we found around our yard. We had some fun successes and surprising failures, but overall it was a fun project. It was also perfect for our already filled menagerie as it was a temporary pet - the whole adventure lasted maybe two months, after which the butterflies ventured their way south and the supplies for raising them are put away until next year.

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Bubbles
Nov 16, 2010 8:34 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Really enjoyed the article...great photos. We saw very few Monarchs this fall. Good that there are people like you that help them along.
ImageSharon
Nov 17, 2010 12:52 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks, Lance, for a very nice article. I love the photos, especially the very happy little guy!
Good job all around.
ImageLance
Nov 17, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you both. It was a fun project, and fun writing the article, as well, especially with all those photos.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Nov 17, 2010 7:37 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Good Job!
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Weedwhacker
Nov 17, 2010 11:54 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Good article, Lance -- I purposefully allowed milkweed to grow in my perennial garden this year, hoping for Monarchs, and had several hatches of them. Your photographs are really wonderful! Quite sad in a way when one day in the fall there were Monarchs all over our yard and then one by one flying up over the tree tops and heading south... truly an amazing thing that they can migrate as they do!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageLance
Nov 18, 2010 8:08 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I can remember when I was in high school, I think it was, looking up one day and seeing hundreds of monarchs flying overhead; this was in Delaware. I told my Mom that monarchs migrate, I just a whole flock of them! She said no they don't. I wonder who eventually won that round? It was very interesting to see so many, and I have not seen it since. Growing them up one by one is still lots of fun, and they are even more colorful when they first emerge.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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