22 Mar Monarch Butterflies arrive in my Orange County Garden!
This beautiful female monarch butterfly was raised in my small cylindrical habitat. I brought the caterpillar/larva in from
narrow leaf native milkweed when about 5 days old, 2nd Instar. Cut a small stalk with fresh leaves from the plant each day,
placing the stem in a vase with water with a small opening so the caterpillar wouldn’t fall into the water. Kept adding
fresh leaves as the caterpillar ate them up. When it was ready to make its chrysalis, it crawled off the milkweed, as they
almost always do, and then I placed a small succulent plant in the habitat. It chose to make its chrysalis on the
succulent plant and hung there for the usual 2 weeks. It eclosed (emerged) a GORGEOUS female monarch butterfly.