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.
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!
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.
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