monarch butterflies Tag

Watch as a monarch butterfly emerges (ecloses in scientific terms) from the chrysalis the caterpillar made on a succulent! https://youtu.be/bA0nWLBuYwE      Stunning, awing and beautiful to watch, all in real-time. What happens when it emerges (ecloses)? The monarch butterfly emerges after 2 weeks in the chrysalis.  ...

There Were 1 Billion Monarch Butterflies. Now There Are 93 Million. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a23472939/monarch-butterflies-endangered-pesticides-climate-change/ A must-read article about how the iconic Monarch Butterflies have declined 98% in the last 20 years. Humans have caused it and humans must reverse it.  They not only bring awe, beauty and wonder to our...

[caption id="attachment_21957" align="alignnone" width="300"] Lovely female monarch butterfly born in my garden in March, 2018[/caption] 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...

Why Are My Monarchs Turning Black? A certain percentage of monarch caterpillars and chrysalides just don't make it into adulthood and become butterflies. They may show signs of disease or parasitism. It is heartbreaking but also common. Nature does not intend for them all to survive. In fact, left...